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Farren, Mick

Working name of Michael A Farren (1943-2013), UK author, journalist and rock musician who was first active as a member of a band, The Deviants, 1967-1969 (revived several times, most recently in 2011); he then edited the underground paper IT 1970-1973 and founded the underground comic Nasty Tales – prosecuted for obscenity in a well-known trial – in the pages of which, with Chris Rowley and Chris Welch, he produced a comic strip with sf content, Ogoth the Wasted. He later edited ...

Greer, Richard

A Ziff-Davis House Name used once by Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett, on the story "The Great Klandar Race" (Amazing 1956), and twice during 1956-1957 by others (unidentified). [PN] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Time Police

There are many fictional sf organizations whose brief is to regulate Time Travel and attempt to nullify dangerous Time Paradoxes or rewritings of history through Changewar. Inevitably the time police also work to guard their own existence. An early story in Poul Anderson's Time Patrol series, "Delenda Est" (December 1955 F&SF), features some soul-searching about the elimination of an alternate – and in several ways attractive – timeline which through no fault of its inhabitants ...

McCrum, Robert

(1953-    ) UK editor, long with the Observer, and author whose first novel, In the Secret State (1980), is a Near Future political thriller set in a UK threatened by an indirect Tory coup – control to be maintained through Computer manipulations of the body politic. [JC]

Mellows, Suzanne

(?   -    ) US author of a tale of sf erotica (see Sex), The Sex-Ray (1973) (see Rays). [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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