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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Ryan, Thomas

(?   -?   ) UK author of Men in Chains (coll of linked stories 1938) comprising a series of tales designed to describe the Evolution of Homo sapiens in Scientific Romance language, beginning in prehistory (see Prehistoric SF) and moving to the Near Future. The title conveys Ryan's sense of the costs of ...

Barrett, Neal, Jr

(1929-2014) US author who worked extensively under his own name, and also as Victor Appleton, Chad Calhoun, Franklin W Dixon (a Stratemeyer House Name), Rebecca Drury and J D Hardin. He began publishing sf with "To Tell the Truth" in Galaxy for August 1960 and contributed with some regularity to the SF Magazines, much of this ...

Smith, Basil A

(1908-1969) UK author and Church of England clergyman; of genre interest are his five stories, unpublished during his lifetime and posthumously assembled as The Scallion Stone (coll 1980); these have been compared to the horror tales of M R James (1862-1936), with whose work he was familiar. Two feature supernatural phenomena with Horror in SF overtones. "The Scallion Stone" (August 1977 Whispers) hints at a tentacled ...

Yuma, Gary

(?   -    ) US author of an sf soft-porn Sex novel, Flesh Probe (1973), which explores Gender issues without much penetration. [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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