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Takano Kazuaki

(1964-    ) Japanese author, almost exclusively of nonfantastic crime thrillers, an exception of sf interest being Jenosaido (2011; trans Philip Gabriel as Genocide of One 2014; vt Extinction 2015), an Alternate History which sets a Mutant Superman against a fearful and corrupt American government whose President, Gregory S Burns, is having difficulties coping with the Middle Eastern wars he has begun. [JC]

Turner, Alice K

(1939-2015) US editor and critic who from 1980 to 2000 served as fiction editor of Playboy, in which capacity her editorial skills were praised by Robert Silverberg; after her departure, Playboy's long-established hospitality to sf was much diminished. She edited two Anthologies of fiction from the magazine, of which The Playboy Book of Science Fiction (anth 1998) is a good and representative selection of genre work published there. With Michael Andre-Driussi she edited Snake's Hands: A ...

Drennan, Paul

(1949-2003) UK author of an unremarkable sf novel, Wooden Centauri (1975), featuring the return of deep-frozen (see Cryonics) space explorers to a Dystopian Earth. [JC]

Louvish, Simon

(1947-    ) Scottish author, in Israel 1949-1968, now in London; best known for a series of biographies of Cinema figures like Charlie Chaplin and Cecil B DeMille (none listed below). His Avram Blok sequence beginning with The Therapy of Avram Blok (1985) is a surreal, occasionally rampaging picaresque whose earlier instalments verge, if only metaphorically, into the fantastic; the topoi of Fantastika are more literally explored in The Days of Miracles and Wonders (1997), a ...

Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award

A juried life achievement Award set up in memory of Cordwainer Smith by the Cordwainer Smith Foundation, intended to honour notable sf and fantasy authors who in the view of the judging panel either did not receive or no longer receive as much attention as they deserve. It was first presented to Olaf Stapledon at the 2001 Worldcon, and is now given annually at the US literary Convention Readercon. The award is usually made posthumously, an exception being the 2011 presentation to Katherine ...

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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