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Service, Pamela F

(1945-    ) US author of fantasy and sf, mostly the former, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Chariot Ruts" for Asimov's in March-April 1978; she has written little short fiction. Her novels, usually designed for children or the Young Adult market, begin with the Winter sequence of Ruined Earth fantasies comprising Winter of Magic's Return (1985) and Tomorrow's Magic (1987), in which – released from immurement by a nuclear blast 500 years after World ...

Stargates

A stargate is a popular name, in sf Terminology, for a Matter Transmission or Wormhole portal that facilitates interstellar transport. Stephen Robinett's Stargate (June-August 1974 Analog as by Tak Hallus; 1976) offers an early instance of the term, though preceded by Arthur C Clarke's slightly different formulation "Star Gate" in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968; with 2 related stories added, rev as coll 1990), his novelization of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The general concept is much older, as ...

Dornbierer, Manú

(circa 1932-    ) Mexican author and painter, better known for her work as a journalist, a field where she has received some awards. In the late 1960s, Dornbierer began to publish short stories, mostly Fantasy, always very stylish, well-written and constructed pieces. In 1968, her short story "La grieta" ["The Crack"], later included in the collection Después de Samarkanda ["After Samarkand"] (coll 1977), received the Juegos Florales de Ciudad del Carmen (Campeche, ...

Michalowski, Mark

(1963-    ) UK author, mostly of Ties to the Doctor Who universe, beginning with "Digging Up the Past" for Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Dead Men Diaries (anth 2000) edited by Paul Cornell; his first Doctor Who novel was Relative Dementias (2002), followed by several others, including Wetworld (2007) and Shining Darkness (2008) in the Doctor Who New Series portion of the universe. He also contributed Chasers (2010) to the Television series about a house with ...

O'Leary, Patrick

(1952-    ) US author whose studiously Equipoisal first novel, Door Number Three (1995), much expands the 1990s American venue of its beginning: a therapist is the inventor of a Time Machine and brings back knowledge of Earth's grim Post-Holocaust Near Future whose main inhabitants seem to be a new race – possibly Mutants generated through intense radioactivity – who function primarily as dream-eaters, their choicest source of nourishment being humans traded them ...

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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