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Kowal, Mary Robinette

(1969-    ) US author and professional puppeteer, known for her series of Jane Austen-inflected fantasies beginning with Shades of Milk and Honey (2010); see Checklist below for full listing. She has also written short fiction, some of it sf. Her first published story of genre interest was "Just Right" for The First Line in 2005; early short fiction was collected in Scenting the Dark and Other Stories (coll 2009). Kowal received the John W Campbell Award for best new writer ...

Neuce, Jus

Pseudonym of an unidentified female US author (?   -    ) whose first novel, Nocturne (2005), is set on a colony planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds) whose synchronous orbit, which restricts settlements to polders and Keeps along the terminator division, is inimically matched by the rigidly hierarchical structure of the society that has evolved; this is exacerbated by Nocturne's great distance from Earth, which can only be traversed by Generation ...

Wagner, Bruce

(1954-    ) US screenwriter and author who has focused on the splendours and miseries of California life and culture, as in his first book, Force Majeure: The Bud Wiggins Stories (coll of linked stories 1988; exp vt Force Majeure 1991), whose Comic-Inferno examination of Hollywood (see Cinema) edges close to the fantastic. His script for the Television series Wild Palms (which see for details) is full-blown sf. He produced three separate books about or rendering the series: ...

Dalton, Moray

Pseudonym of UK author Katharine Renoir (1881-1963). Of her 30 or so adventure thrillers, one is clearly sf: in The Black Death (1934), after a devastating Disaster, a group of men and women awake into a Ruined Earth dominated by a world state. She is not to be confused with Arthur Laxton Haynes (1883-?   ), who wrote a book of verse [title not known] in 1915 as Moray Dalton. [SH/JC]

Barceló, Miquel

(1948-2021) Spanish computer-systems and aeronautical engineering professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, translator, editor and author; he also directed the polytechnic's PhD program on Sustainability, Technology and Humanism. He founded and edited the Fanzine Kandama from 1980 until its discontinuation in 1984, publishing both translations of noteworthy English-language authors and Spanish-language authors who would later become important figures themselves, including Domingo ...

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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