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Boswell, James

(1906-1971) New Zealand-born painter and illustrator, in the UK from 1925, who sometimes signed his work Bos or Buchan; he was a member of the London Group of painters intermittently from 1927, where his passionate socialism had an ongoing impact on his contemporaries. His work shows the influence of German graphic artists like Georg Grosz and the British James Fitton (1899-1982); in turn, he influenced younger artists like Ronald Searle and Paul Hogarth. A suite of eight vividly premonitory ...

McNeil, John

(1939-2004) UK entrepreneur, software developer and author of Little Brother (1983), a tale of sf Paranoia in which young children are ominously taken over by sinister Computers with rightwing agendas. [JC]

Bay, Michael

(1965-    ) US filmmaker with a trademark in lavish, bombastic action spectacle characterized by massive hardware, explosions, and US military heroics. A graduate of the same film programme at Wesleyan University as Joss Whedon (his senior by a year), Bay's early work was in commercials and music video before he was talent-spotted by producing partners Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer to direct Bad Boys (1993) and The Rock (1996). His relationship with Bruckheimer continued ...

Swycaffer, Jefferson P

(1956-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "At the Sign of the Brass Breast" (in Swords Against Darkness IV, anth 1979, edited by Andrew J Offutt), though in his full length work he focused almost exclusively of Ties, including the Concordat sequence, beginning with Not in our Stars (1984) and ending with The Praesidium of Archive (1985), plus the Tales of the Concordat, beginning with The Empire's Legacy (1988) and ending with Revolt and Rebirth ...

Frazier, Robert

(1951-    ) US editor and author, most active as a poet, whose several published volumes include Peregrine (coll 1978), Perception Barriers (coll 1987), Co-Orbital Moons (coll 1988) and, perhaps most notably, Chronicles of the Mutant Rain Forest (coll 1992 chap) with Bruce Boston and Invisible Machines (coll 1993 chap) with Andrew Joron. He has edited two volumes of sf Poetry, The Rhysling Anthology: Best Science Fiction Poetry of 1982 (anth 1983 chap) (see Rhysling Award) ...

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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