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Jones, D J

(1940-    ) US author whose Souls of the Universe (coll 1989) contains twenty-three stories and poems (see Poetry), some sf and some fantasy, all original to this volume, and most dealing with issues of Cosmology. [JC]

Pyramid Books

US paperback publishing company founded in 1949 by Almat Magazine Publishers. In its early years it specialized in "racy" novels and westerns, but it soon began to publish sf, beginning with a reprint of Tomorrow and Tomorrow (1956; vt Tomorrow's World 1956) by Evan Hunter writing as Hunt Collins. Its early offerings were divided between original work and reprints (the latter often with sensational titles substituted for the hardcovers'), with a few nineteenth-century classics such as Wilkie ...

Colgan, Jennifer

(?   -    ) US author of romances and supernatural fictions, plus at least one full-blown fantasy, Conjured in Flames (2005). She should not be confused with the Scottish author of comic romances and Doctor Who titles, Jenny Colgan. [JC]

World War Two

The 1939-1945 War was the central military convulsion of the twentieth century, anticipated in numerous Future War scenarios and succeeded – thanks to the climactic use of Nuclear Energy-based Weapons against Japanese Cities – by several Cold War decades overshadowed by the prospect of a nuclear World War Three. The continuing sense that Germany's defeat in the European arena had been far from inevitable spawned a substantial Alternate History subgenre discussed at length in the ...

Walker, Hugh

Pseudonym of Austrian author Hubert Straßl (1941-    ), whose Magira sequence – featuring a character who first creates a Wargame and then becomes absorbed within it – begins with Reiter der Finsternis (1975; trans Christine Priest as War-Gamers' World 1978), Das Heer der Finsternis (1975; trans Christine Priest as Army of Darkness 1979), Boten der Finsternis (1976; trans Christine Priest as Messengers of Darkness 1979), and continues with further not-yet ...

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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