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Williams, John A

(1925-2015) US academic, poet and author, almost all of whose work reflected his experiences (including service in World War Two) as a Black American. His sf (see Race in SF) is similarly focused. The Man Who Cried I Am (1967) posits a Black genocide plot on the part of the American Government, known as the King Alfred Plan and to be put into action – beginning with mass transfer of Black people into concentration camps – in case of civil uprising; the protagonists of the tale are ...

Gardner, Sally

(?   -    ) UK theatre designer, illustrator and author, her books either being written for younger children or for the Young Adult market, beginning with the first of her twelve picture books [none listed below], The Little Nut Tree (graph 1993). The Magical Children sequence beginning with The Strongest Girl in the World (1999 chap), for slightly older children, tells the stories of various children who gain Magic powers. The Red Necklace sequence beginning ...


Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on glossy paper. Sendal Publications/Cinescape Media/Mania Entertainment. Editor: unknown. At least 78 issues from 1994 to 2004. Publication was generally bimonthly. / One of the more successful imitators of Starlog and its ilk, this title ran for at least a decade; coverage was almost exclusively of then-current films and Television programmes. Featured television series included Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2002), Star Trek: Deep Space ...

Lethem, Jonathan

(1964-    ) US author, married 1987-1998 to Shelley Jackson, who began publishing work of sf interest with "The Unexpurgated Zap Gun: A Report" for The Philip K Dick Society Newsletter #15 in 1987, the first of several pieces on Philip K Dick whose natural – though not inevitable – culmination was his editing for the Library of America three Dick omnibuses, beginning with Philip K Dick: Four Novels of the 1960s (omni 2007) [for full details see Checklist]; ...

Kirkbride, John

(?   -    ) UK author, not to be confused with the UK singer-songwriter John Kirkbride (1946-    ); his Young Adult novel, Life on Urth (1994), carries its young protagonists to a Parallel World that turns out to be a comic Parody of Earth. Adventures accumulate winningly from this point. [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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