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Bartter, Martha A

(1932-2013) US critic, editor and author, a lifetime member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, now most well known for her scholarship and teaching. / As M A Bartter, she published a handful of early short stories beginning with "The Eggs of Eden" (December 1974 Galaxy) and also including "Be Ye Perfect" (January 1975 Galaxy) and "The Wallad Blond" (March 1977 Galaxy), but later became much more active in criticism. She finished a PhD in English from the University of ...

Martínez, Rodolfo

(1965-    ) Spanish computer programmer and author of fantasy and science fiction. He began writing in the early 1990s, and is widely held to be the most prolific and is probably the most critically acclaimed Spanish genre author of his generation. Martínez is best known for four sf series: Drímar, set in a universe of the same name; the Los archivos perdidos de Sherlock Holmes ["Sherlock Holmes's Lost Archives"] tetralogy; the La ciudad ["The City"] cycle; and ...

Cory, Howard L

Collaborative writing name of Jack Owen Jardine (1931-2009) and Julie Ann Jardine (1926-2012), who were married from 1958 to 1968; the name was taken from her stage name, Corrie Howard. The Sword of Lankor (1966), in which natives of a high-Gravity planet unknowingly extract valuable crystals for genially manipulative spacefarers, is swashbuckling. In The Mind Monsters (1966 dos) a crash-landed Terran takes over a peculiar Alien planet. Jack Owen Jardine's solo sf was written as by Larry ...

Low, A M

(1888-1956) UK academic, inventor and author, president of the British Interplanetary Society for a period; in 1917, during his service in World War One, he was partially responsible for the Invention of a flying bomb, though it seems never to have been used (he claimed it was essentially identical to a Rocket used by the Germans in 1942). His first novel, Peter Down the Well: A Tale of Adventure in Thought (1933), is an educational juvenile told in fantasticated terms; in his first sf novel, ...

Petaja, Emil

(1915-2000) US author of Finnish descent, most of whose earlier fiction was fantasy rather than sf; occasionally he wrote as E Theodore Pine (once with Henry L Hasse), though only in magazines. He began publishing in 1935 with "The Two Doors" for the semiprozine Unusual Stories; his first professional sale was "Time Will Tell" for Amazing in June 1942. Some of his early work can be found in Stardrift, and Other Fantastic Flotsam (coll 1971). A friend of Hannes Bok, Petaja founded the Bokanalia ...

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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