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Couzens, Gary

(1964-    ) UK author whose first published story was "Drowning" in The Ebb Tide and Other Stories from Cornwall (anth 1991), edited by John T Wilson. He began publishing work of genre interest with the film review column "Sprockets" (1991-1993 Exuberance) and then the genre tale "Second Contact" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in March 1994. Further stories and nonfiction pieces have appeared in Black Static, Interzone, The Third Alternative and other SF ...

Engel, Leonard

(1916-1964) US journalist and author, with Emanuel S Piller, of one of the very first Cold War Future War novels, World Aflame: The Russian-American War of 1950 (1947), in which the USA's control of the air – and use of that preponderance in a nuclear first strike – proves insufficient to crush Russia, nor does a subsequent use of Poison gas turn the tide; the Russians soon attack mainland America with nuclear bombs delivered by rockets and the occasional air strike. Both sides ...

Hurley, Kameron

(1980-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Holding Onto Ghosts" in Talebones for Summer 2003, and who has gained considerable attention for her Bel Dame Apocrypha sequence comprising God's War (2011), Infidel (2011) and Rapture (2012), set on a planet colonized (see Colonization of Other Worlds) by Muslims, a world whose complexly evolved insects, controlled by "magicians" through their command of pheromones, are used by Homo sapiens to motor and ...

Ableman, Paul

(1927-2006) UK author and playwright who remains best-known for his first, non-fantastic novel, I Hear Voices (1958), though his first work of sf interest – "The Prophet Mackenbee" for Lucifer in 1952, about an sf author who surrounds himself with disciples in an absurd world – came earlier. The Twilight of the Vilp (1969) is not so much sf proper as an informed and sophisticated playing with the conventions of the genre in a Fabulation about the author of a work and his relation to ...

Cook, Diane

(?   -    ) US author whose short stories, assembled as Man v. Nature (coll 2014), manifest a twenty-first century sense that Homo sapiens's occupancy of the planet, and of our claims to pre-emptive Identity, are both fragile. The title story, set on a lifeboat in a vast expanse of ocean, follows the three survivors' attempts to make sense of the End of the World by imagining themselves creating a Television reality show. A similar apocalypse lurks outside the ...

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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