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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 ...

Portwin, E T

(1912-2006) UK publisher and author, born Portwine (name changed legally), who sometimes wrote as by Elizabeth Portwin, his wife's name; as he normally signed his books E T Portwin, some confusion ensued. His books, which are Children's SF, begin with The Boy in the Moon (1945 chap) as by Elizabeth Portwin; of greatest interest is Death Swamp and Other Adventure Stories (coll 1946), whose title novella dramatizes the almost fatal ...

Onyebuchi, Tochi

(1987-    ) US lawyer and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Dust to Dust" in Transverse Three (anth 2011) edited by Dario Ciriello. His first novel, the Young Adult Beasts Made of Night (2017) – the first volume of the Taj sequence – explicitly draws on his mother's experience of Nigeria, creating in the City of Kos a recognizable transmutation of ...

Nelson, H J

(?   -    ) US author of Young Adult fiction; the young protagonist of her Last She sequence, beginning with The Last She (2016-2017 Wattpad; 2021), finds herself in a desolated and abandoned Near Future world, soon after a savage Pandemic has decimated the human population. Her survival and eventual absorption into a group of near-feral ...

Nicholas, J T

(?   -    ) US author whose New Lyons sequence beginning with SINthetic (2018) in which "Synths" (which is to say Androids) rebel from the condition of Slavery they have been manufactured for; the series, set primarily in New Orleans, focuses on Cyberpunk-inflected action. In Re-Coil (2020), a singleton ...

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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