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Lindsay, Richard

(?   -    ) Author whose single sf novel for Robert Hale Limited is The Moon Is the Key (1980). [DRL]

Bacon, Walter

(?   -    ) Author known only for his single sf novel for Robert Hale Limited, The Last Experiment (1974). [DRL]

Malato, Charles

(1857-1938) French anarchist, journalist and author, deported at age seventeen to New Caledonia with his father, the latter having been involved in the 1871 Paris Commune. Malato himself, back in France from 1881, espoused in Philosophie de l'anarche ["The Philosophy of Anarchy"] (1897) and agitated for a form of libertarian communism. The transgressive implications of his Lost World novel Perdu au Maroc ["Lost in Morocco"] (1915) clearly reflect his sense of the malign and oppressive ...

Hull, E Mayne

(1905-1975) Canadian author, in the US from about 1944, married from 1939 until her death to A E van Vogt, who collaborated with her on most of her work, either in its original magazine form or by expanding it for book publication; she was born Edna May Hull, becoming Edna May Vogt on marriage and legally changing this to Edna Mayne van Vogt in the process of her and her husband's application for US citizenship in 1945. She began publishing sf with "The Flight that Failed" for Astounding in ...

Tor Books

US publishing company – initially of paperbacks and later moving into hardcover also – founded by Tom Doherty, then aged 44, in 1980, in conjunction with Richard Gallen; the first titles were published in 1981. Doherty had previously been in control of Ace Books for five years. The first editor-in-chief was Harriet McDougal, and first head sf editor was Jim Baen, who left in 1983 to form his own company in 1984. Beth Meacham became sf/fantasy editor in 1984, soon becoming ...

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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