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Tompkins, Walker A

(1909-1988) US author, mostly of Westerns; he is of sf interest for Ozar the Aztec (January 1933-June 1933 Street and Smith's Top-Notch all sections under the House Name Valentine Wood; fixup 1935), a Lost Race tale whose inhabitants, under the leadership of Ozar, survive in the contemporary West. [JC]

Dank, Milton

(1920-2019) US historian, physicist and author, often on military matters, who collaborated with his daughter, Gloria Rand Dank, on the Galaxy Gang sequence for Young Adult readers. [JC]

Noyes, Alfred

(1880-1958) UK poet and man of letters, often resident in the USA or Canada; best known during his life for extremely conservative lyric verse and for long narrative poems like The Flower of Old Japan: A Dim, Strange Tale for All Ages (1903 chap) or The Forest of Wild Thyme: A Tale for Children Under Ninety (1905 chap), which sentimentalize the Matter of Japan in fantasy terms, with fairies present; and The Torchbearers (1922-1930 3vols), which dramatizes the march of science. In several novels ...

Conway, Troy

A House Name of the New York-based Paperback Library, whose chief though minor sf relevance is its use for the Coxeman soft-porn thrillers, mostly by Michael Avallone; these include some sf. Gardner F Fox also wrote two Coxeman books [see Checklist below]. Charles E Fritch may also have written one or more novels as Conway, but this is not certain. [DRL]

Weekley, Ian

(1933-2014) UK teacher and author, who should not be confused with the artist and modeller Ian Weekley (1932-2005). His sf novel, The Moving Snow (1974), rather prosaically describes how a family copes with a Climate Change crisis that brings severe Arctic conditions to the UK. All in all they survive snugly (see Cosy Catastrophe). [JC]

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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