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Lerman, Eleanor

(1952-    ) US author and award-winning poet who has published several books of verse since 1973. Despite its title, her first novel Janet Planet (2011) is not sf. Lerman's second novel is the sf Radiomen (2015), in which Earth-based shortwave radios are found to form part of an Alien-run network that broadcasts prayers across the universe. The middle-aged female protagonist – who as a child once saw one such alien – interacts with others linked to this enigma, ...

Catran, Ken

(1944-    ) New Zealand screen-writer and author, frequently of crime novels; included in his production of Young Adult titles are of two Young Adult series of sf interest: the Deepwater sequence, later televised, and beginning with Deepwater Black (1992); and the Solar Colonies sequence beginning with Doomfire on Venus (1993). His New Zealand television credits include scripts for Children of the Dog Star (1984, six episodes), about an Alien who is lost on earth and adopted ...

Dillon, Diane and Leo

Leo Dillon (1933-2012) and Diane Dillon (1933-    ), US illustrators, active together from around 1953, married in 1957; the only team ever to win either the Hugo or the Locus Award for Best Professional Artist, both of which they received in 1971. They began freelancing in 1958, at first working separately. Together their work covers many fields: record album covers, advertising art, Christmas cards, children's books and movie posters among them; they are among the most ...

Allan, Nina

(1966-    ) UK author, partner of Christopher Priest from 2011. She began to publish work of genre interest with "The Beachcomber" in Dark Horizons for June 2002; of her fifty or so stories released since, about half contain sf elements, though she was first identified as an author of horror. The interwoven tales assembled as The Silver Wind: Four Stories of Time Disrupted (coll of linked stories 2011) comprise a set of sf meditations on – and manipulations of – ...

Palmer, Philip

(1960-    ) UK author and scriptwriter, mostly for Radio beginning with "Gin and Rum" (30 June 2000 BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play). He began to publish his exuberant, slightly overloaded, gonzo Space Operas with Debatable Space (2008), whose double story focuses alternatively on the lengthy memoir of an Immortal woman behind the throne of her son, who had once ruled both Earth and then a Galactic Empire, and upon Captain Flanagan, the rock-star space-pirate who captures her ...

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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