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Giles, Fayette Stratton

(1842-1897) US author of Shadows Before; Or, a Century Onward (1893), a Utopia set in distant Near Future New York, which is visited by a Japanese savant whose queries are meant to illuminate the Social Darwinist complexion of the ideal world of 1993. [JC]

Tidbeck, Karin

(1977-    ) Swedish author who began to publish work of interest with "Vem är Arvid Pekon?" ["Who Is Arvid Pekon?"] in Jules Verne-Magasinet #513 in 2002; it was later assembled with other tales as the title story of Vem är Arvid Pekon? (coll 2010; exp vt trans author as Jagannath: Stories 2012). This early work runs from austere mythopoeic nordic fantasy, perhaps too easily dismissible as twilit, to concisely evocative sf like "Jagannath" (Summer 2011 Weird ...

Rotsler, William

(1926-1997) US author and artist who received four Hugos as Best Fan Artist, in 1975, 1979, 1996 and 1997, plus a 1996 Retro Hugo for his 1945 fan art; his huge output of cartoons, many still unpublished, may be remembered as much as his fiction. (An original Rotsler cartoon was tipped into each copy of the final issue of Science-Fiction Five-Yearly.) He began publishing sf with "Ship Me Tomorrow" for Galaxy in June 1970 and, although he initially kept his own name for autonomous work – ...

Butler, Jack

(1944-    ) US author and college teacher, much of whose fiction – like his first novel, Jujitsu for Christ (1986) – has dealt in non-fantastic terms with his native US South, though always with a sometimes gonzo sense that the envelope of mimesis must be pushed to capture his native territory. In this he is similar to southern regionalists such as Fred Chappell and Donald Harington, but is more inclined to opt for sf effects, as in his second novel, Nightshade ...

Robitaille, Julie

(1949-    ) US author of two Ties to Quantum Leap (1989-1993), a Time-Travel Television series. They are Quantum Leap: In the Beginning (1990; vt Quantum Leap: The Beginning 1994) and Quantum Leap: The Ghost and the Gumshoe (1990). [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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