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Yasugi Masayoshi

(1972-2021) Japanese author whose work was suffused with a gentle melancholy and a concentration on damaged people – a group of which he may have tragically considered himself to be a member. Graduating from the Law and Economics Department of Kyūshū International University, he worked part-time in publishing while writing the early fictions that made his name. He was also the editor of SF Prologue Wave, an online magazine run by volunteer members of the Science Fiction and ...

Mackelworth, R W

(1930-2000) UK author and insurance salesman who began publishing sf with "The Statue" for New Worlds in January 1963 and produced some above-average sf adventure novels, usually involving complex but rarely jumbled plotting, and an Earth somehow in danger. They include Firemantle (1968; vt The Diabols 1969), Tiltangle (1970), in which melodramatic Climate Change has confined humanity to a single Keep, Starflight 3000 (1972) – which involves some interesting Terraforming of both the Moon ...

Nevitt, Barrington

(1908-1995) Canadian engineer, broadcaster and author, who began his career as a radio operator with the Canadian Marconi Company in 1928-1929; he was associated for many years with Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), with whom he collaborated and about whom he wrote Who Was Marshall McLuhan?: Exploring a Mosaic of Impressions (1995) with Maurice McLuhan. Of sf interest is Captain Gulliver's Interplanetary Travels (1986) with Maurice Hecht, which recasts the original (see Jonathan Swift) as an ...

Who, The

Highly regarded UK rock band, formed in 1964 by guitarist and songwriter Peter Townshend (1945-    ), vocalist Roger Daltrey (1944-    ), bassist John Entwhistle (1944-2002) and drummer Keith Moon (1946-1978). The Who's blues and rock grounding is evident in a range of skilfully noisy and slyly affecting songs about teenage disaffection, some of the most enduring in the rock-and-roll canon. But Townshend's ambition from an early stage was to write ...

Brinton, Henry

(1901-1977) UK screenwriter and author, variously engaged in social and political work, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society; he also wrote detective novels as by Alex Fraser, and published several nonfiction books with Patrick Moore, Exploring Other Planets (1965) being of sf interest. His sf novel Purple-6 (1962) describes a very Near Future world in which the Cold War is edging towards atomic Holocaust, which begins as the book ends. He should not be confused with Henry C Brinton ...

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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