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Abrams, J J

(1966-    ) US creator of Cinema productions and Television series, including works of major genre interest in both categories. In a precocious debut at age 15 he wrote the music for the Horror in SF film Nightbeast (1982) directed by Don Dohler. Early sf work as screenwriter includes the movies Forever Young (1992) – of which he was also executive producer – and Armageddon (1998) with Jonathan Hensleigh and others. His debut as film director was the spy thriller ...

MacLeod, Ian R

(1956-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Through" for Interzone in July/August 1989. He has continued publishing short fiction since, the best of this being collected in Voyages by Starlight (1996), Breathmoss and Other Exhalations (2004) and Past Magic (2006). Voyages by Starlight includes "Starship Day" (July 1995 Asimov's), in which a noon-bright idyll reminiscent of Christopher Priest's Dream Archipelago turns out to be a Virtual Reality ...

Scotten, Cordell

(?1921-2003) US author whose interest in sf seems to have lasted only a year, from his first and only story, "The Hijacking of the Pony Express" in Analog for February 1989, to his novel a few months later, a Tie to the Isaac Asimov's Robot City Shared World series, Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Robots and Aliens 2: Renegade (1989), which interestingly has three Robots whose task it is to determine why (and ultimately whether) only biological humans should evoke for them the three Laws of ...

Wesley, Mary

Pseudonym of UK author Mary Aline Siepmann (née Farmar) (1912-2002) whose first three novels were Young Adult tales somewhat removed from the acerbic, take-no-prisoners, erotically charged adult novels she published in later life, beginning with Jumping the Queue (1983). The Sixth Seal (1969) describes the survival of its protagonists Underground during the course of an unspecific but seemingly planetary Disaster, after which they must attempt to work out how to live in the new world. ...

Baerlein, Anthony

(1912-1941) UK author whose sf novel, Daze, the Magician (1936), features crimes committed by the eponymous "magician" through the use of Matter Transmission. As a wartime airman he was killed, officially "in action", in a training flight crash. [JC/MA]

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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