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Alexander, Paul

(1937-2021) US artist who studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California, and after working with architectural companies and in advertising – typically producing scenes of men and Machines – began to paint Genre SF covers for New York publishers, beginning with the 1977 Ace Books paperback of The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: A Special 25th Anniversary Anthology (anth 1974) edited by Edward L Ferman. Working in gouache and using both hand brush and ...

Barbauld, Anna Laetitia

(1743-1825) UK educationist and author, important exponent of Unitarianism, whose stories for young children became famous. She is of Proto SF interest for Eighteen Hundred and Eleven: A Poem (1812 chap), which conveys in Gothic terms the vision of a Near Future Britain, some time after its defeat in the long war against Napoleonic France; the ruined country, including London itself (see Ruins and Futurity), is visited by tourists from America. [JC]

Lafferty, R A

(1914-2002) US author who worked in the electrical business until retiring to write full-time in 1970; he came to writing only in his forties, publishing his first sf, "Day of the Glacier", with The Science Fiction Stories in January 1960. Over the next twenty-five years (he reportedly retired from writing at the age of about seventy) he produced very many stories – about 200 have been published – and a number of novels. The extremely active Small-Press interest in his work gave ...

Maynard, Richard

(1926-    ) UK-born author, resident in Australia, whose The Coconut Book (1985), about a man stranded on an Island, is of some interest. The Quiet Place (1988; vt The Return 1988) rather overcomplicatedly describes the long hegira of a group of astronauts who, due to time dilation (see Relativity), find a Ruined Earth landscape on their return, and that the surviving inhabitants have reverted to savagery after the Disaster – a youth drug, based on a contraceptive ...


Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1989). Original title Baō Raihōsha. Based on the Manga by Hirohiko Araki. Pierrot. Directed by Hiroyuki Yokoyama. Written by Kenji Terada. Voice cast includes Noriko Hidaka, Hideyuki Hori, Ichirō Nagai and Yūsaku Yara. 46 minutes. Colour. / Nine-year-old Sumire (Hidaka) has Precognition powers, so has been taken from her orphanage for study by the mysterious Doress laboratories. Travelling by train, she is accompanied by security ...

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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