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DeVore, Howard

(1925-2005) US postal worker, fan, book dealer and publisher, active in Fandom from 1948 until his death; he participated in the amateur press associations (see APA) FAPA and OMPA, and in the Science Fiction Oral History Association. His Michigan-based Small Press Misfit Press published genre reference works including several editions [see Checklist below] of his A History of The Hugo, Nebula, and International Fantasy Awards (1971) with Donald Franson. The title's promised coverage of the ...

Klaper, Steven

(?   -    ) US author of a Near Future noir thriller, Agents of Insight (1986), in which the eponymous agency finds itself being decimated by a formless foe (see Horror in SF). [JC]

Jensen, Kris

(1953-2014) US author who began publishing sf with her first novel FreeMaster (1990). This opens the Ardel trilogy – whose further volumes are Mentor (1991) and Healer (1993) – in which an unscrupulous interstellar corporation is baulked from exploiting a mineral-rich planet inhabited by Aliens with Psi Powers. Of greatest interest are the detailed descriptions of the strange Biology of the Ardellans, which help give the sequence its pleasing Planetary-Romance flavour. [JC]

Dopey Dicks

Short US film (1950). Columbia Pictures. Directed by Edward Bernds. Written by Elwood Ullman. Cast includes Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Shemp Howard, Christine McGuire, Stanley Price, and Philip Van Zandt. Sixteen minutes. Black and white. / Working as private detectives (see Crime and Punishment), the Three Stooges – at the time, Fine, Moe Howard, and Shemp Howard – travel to a large house to rescue a beautiful woman (McGuire) who sought their assistance. Its occupants are a Mad ...

Wise, Clement

(?   -?   ) UK author of a very mildly fictionalized Utopia, Darkness and Dawn (1884) anonymous, which argues for universal state ownership of all goods, on a Christian basis; the descriptions of working conditions in factories is powerful. [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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