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Dean, Mal

(1941-1974) UK illustrator who died young, of cancer. Dean was well known in the jazz world as a trumpeter and as the mainspring of Mal Dean's Amazing Band (sometimes called just The Amazing Band), for his illustrations in such journals as Melody Maker, and for a number of album covers. In sf he is best known for the work he did for New Worlds in the late 1960s and early 1970s; it was especially associated with the Jerry Cornelius stories by Michael Moorcock and others. His work was mainly in ...

Vlahos, Len

(?   -    ) US rock musician, bookseller and author of Young Adult tales, initially nonfantastic. He is of sf interest for his fourth novel, Hard Wired (2020), the first-person confession of an AI from the point "he" becomes aware of his nature at the age of ten; after running through his invented past, he more or less takes over the Internet, applying his vast Intelligence to understanding the world, an enterprise couched in terms of Satire. However, though ...

Killus, James P

(1950-2008) US chemist and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Son of ETAOIN SHRDLU: More Adventures in Type and Space" for Asimov's with Sharon N Farber, Susanna Jacobson and Dave Stout in June 1981, publishing about twenty stories in all, most of them more ambitious than this initial vignette. His first novel, Book of Shadows (1983), is fantasy; his second, Sunsmoke (1985), undemandingly combines sf and fantasy in a story set in a fog-beset Los Angeles (see California), ...

Hamilton, Virginia

(1936-2002) US author, mostly of juveniles, and of very considerable interest in that field for the exploratory intensity of her work, from Zeely (1967) on, and for the depth of her presentation of the complex experience of being Black in the USA (her maternal grandfather was an escaped slave). Several of her better-known tales, like M.C. Higgins, the Great (1974) and Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush (1982), are fantasies. Of particular sf interest is the Justice Cycle – Justice and Her ...

Mills, Robert P

(1920-1986) US editor and literary agent, managing editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from its inception; he assumed the editorship proper – a month after publishing his only story, "The Last Shall be First", for the magazine – with the September 1958 issue, following Anthony Boucher's resignation, remaining editor until March 1962 and continuing thereafter as consulting editor until February 1963. He had previously been managing editor of Ellery Queen's Mystery ...

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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