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Wolf, Gary K

(1941-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Love Story" in Worlds of Tomorrow for Winter 1970, which he followed with several sharply Satirical tales over the next few years. The best of these, like "Doctor Rivet and Supercon Sal" (January 1976 F&SF), are generally thought to scan American society with a sharper, cleaner vision than that attained in his longer work. Very soon, however, he changed his primary focus to novels where the ...

Gordon, Bert I

(1922-    ) American filmmaker who typically directed, produced, co-wrote, and did the special effects for his low-budget productions in collaboration with his wife Flora Gordon (?   -?   ). After serving in World War II and making some television commercials, he began his film career with King Dinosaur (1955), a generally dire saga of the discovery of living Dinosaurs on another planet. This introduced his trademark technique: filming actors in ...

Godfrey, Martyn N

(1949-2000) UK-born author who emigrated to Canada in 1957. His sf, mostly written for the Young Adult market, includes The Vandarian Incident (1981), Alien Wargames (1984), The Last War (1986 chap) – a Post-Holocaust tale – More than Weird (1987) and I Spent My Summer Vacation Kidnapped into Space (1990). None markedly strove to stand out from the routine. [JC]

Milán, Victor

(1954-2018) US author who has written under his own name and, it is understood, under further names; his acknowledged pseudonyms include Richard Austin, Robert Baron and S L Hunter; House Names include Alex Archer and James Axler. He began publishing sf with "Soldatenmangel" for Dragons of Darkness (anth 1981) edited by Orson Scott Card, and began to publish full-length books in 1984 with several titles in the War of Powers sequence of fantasies with Robert E Vardeman, beginning with The ...

Standiford, Les

(1945-    ) US historian, teacher and author, his best known fiction being the nonfantastic John Deal sequence set in Miami. He is of sf interest for Spill (1991), a Technothriller featuring the loss of a deadly new biological Weapon and the conspiracy between its corporate manufacturers and the American government to conceal a Disaster which may bring about the End of the World. [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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