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Korshak, Erle

(1923-2021) US fan (active in Fandom from 1934), Convention runner, book dealer, publisher and lawyer who in 1947 co-founded the important early Small Press Shasta Publishers (which see) with T E Dikty and Mark Reinsberg. He was one of the organizing triumvirate of the first Chicago Worldcon, held in 1940. His career as lawyer and businessman took him away from fandom for decades after the demise of Shasta Publishers in 1957; he returned in the late 1980s, and in 1996 was inducted into the ...

Gallant, Craig

(?   -    ) US teacher and author, most of whose fiction is contained in the Wild West Exodus over-series of Alternate-World Steampunk Westerns beginning with the first volume of the Shared World Jesse James Archives subseries, Honor Among Outlaws (2013), based on a Wargame, in which James and Billy the Kid trade high-tech blows as they vie for control of a shattered America. In Bastion (2014), Secret Masters hidden in a remote Keep attempt to keep humanity ...

Carr, Wallace

Pseudonym of UK author Reginald Aubrey Gibbin (1890-1973), mostly of romances for teenage girls, active from around 1930; he is of some sf interest for The Grotto of Arratsu (1940), whose two young protagonists discover a Lost Race on an unknown Island in the Atlantic Ocean, where great gates in the eponymous Underground grotto once opened the way to Atlantis and continue to block the flood waters responsible for its immersion. [JC]

Morel, Dighton

Pseudonym of UK teacher and author Kenneth Louis Warner (1915-1990), whose middle name has also been given as Lewis. Standing to one side of his crime fiction, Moonlight Red (1960) is a thriller set in the Near Future after a Pandemic has caused worldwide madness. [JC]

Nabokov, Vladimir

(1899-1977) Russian-born US poet, translator, entomologist and author. Raised in Russia until the Revolution, and then educated at Cambridge, he lived between the wars in Germany and France, writing as by V Sirin; he emigrated to the USA in 1940 – at which point he began to write in English rather than Russian (he had been an accomplished translator from English into Russian for some years) – and from 1959 lived in Switzerland. His first books of poetry date from the teens of the ...

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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