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Hiller, Neil W

(1947-1989) US author of some works of sf interest, all in collaboration with his wife, B B Hiller, who see for details. [JC]

Evans, E Everett

(1893-1958) US sf fan and author, who began to publish relatively late in life, his first story of genre interest being "Perfection" for The Vortex #2 in 1947, and who had mixed success, though there is no doubt of the affection in which other Californian sf writers and fans held him, as evinced in the many tributes to him – from writers such as E E "Doc" Smith and A E van Vogt – that were included in a compilation of his macabre fantasy stories, Food for Demons: The E Everett Evans ...

Cozzens, James Gould

(1903-1978) US author, best known for his novels of contemporary American life, including Guard of Honor (1948), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, and By Love Possessed (1957), which brought him considerable fame. One of the passengers in the doomed liner (see Ship of Fools) that gives its name to S S San Pedro (August 1930 Scribner's Magazine; 1931) is a malign doctor, a Mysterious Stranger who is an unmistakable allegorical representation of Death; he jumps ship. A second short novel, ...

Stratford, Jordan

(?   -?   ) Canadian author whose interest in "fringe" Religion seems not directly to impact upon his long involvement with Steampunk as a way of seeing the world with joy and engagement. He is of sf interest for the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series beginning with The Case of the Missing Moonstone (2015), featuring Mary Shelley (the agency being named after her mother) and Ada Lovelace. The sequence, written for the younger edge of the Young Adult market, ...

Service, Robert W

(1874-1958) UK-born poet and author, in Canada (mostly in the Yukon Territory) between 1896 and 1912, where much of his exceedingly popular verse was set, the most famous of his collections being Songs of a Sourdough (coll 1907) and Rhymes of a Rolling Stone (coll 1912); the not entirely fortunate influence of his poetry – when read aloud, as usual – can still be registered in the sf Poetry of a century later. After 1912, Service lived in Europe. Of his several novels, The Master of ...

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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