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Greatorex, Wilfred

(1922-2002) UK editor, producer and scriptwriter for various Television series, most of them initially created by him as well, beginning with Probation Officer (1959-1962). He is of sf interest for 1990, creating and writing most of the scripts for this thirteen-part television series, as well as participating in a novelization Tied to the series, 1990 (1977), the main writer being Maureen Gregson. [JC]

Clow, Martha deMey

(1932-2010) US artist, graphic designer, architect and author, whose sf novel, Starbreed (1970), is about an adolescent boy with Superpowers who bursts into prominence. [JC]

O'Brien, Tim

(1946-    ) US author best known for anguished accounts of the Vietnam War, including the novel Going After Cacciato (1978); of sf interest is The Nuclear Age (1985), set in a Near Future America in 1995 anxiety-ridden by anticipations of nuclear war. The protagonist, an ex-paramilitary radical now middle-aged, goes to ground, where he digs a useless bomb shelter against the coming Holocaust. [JC]

Parkman, Sydney

(1895-1995) UK author, usually of tales adventure, but including two humorous sf tales, Ship Ashore (1936), in which the descendants of a seventeenth-century shipwreck are found on a mysterious Island off the coast of Borneo, and Life Begins Tomorrow (1947), the latter set in the Near Future. [JC]

Galier, W H

(?   -?   ) Australian author of whom nothing is known beyond A Visit to Blestland (1896), whose protagonists involuntarily embark upon a Fantastic Voyage when their ship is torn from the ocean by a mysterious tempest; they land upon the planet of Blestland, a Utopia inhabited – Galier's brand of belated Proto SF here segues into the supernatural – by the spirits of the dead. [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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