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Tedford, William G

(1942-    ) US author whose sf activities long seemed to have been restricted to the publication, in a single year, of not only Silent Galaxy (1981), a singleton which centres on survivors of an Invasion of Earth, but also the three books of the Timequest sequence comprising Time Quest #1: Rashanyn Dark (1981), Time Quest #2: Hydrabyss Red (1981) and Time Quest #3: Nemydia Deep ...

Apostolides, Alex

(1923-2005) US archaeologist, museum curator, journalist and author who began to publish sf with "Progress Report" (July 1953 If) and "Solution Delayed" (July 1953 Astounding), both written with Mark Clifton. He also collaborated with Clifton (whom see for details) on two early stories in the Bossy series and the first story only of Clifton's Ralph Kennedy sequence. Apostolides' one solo story is ...

Basshe, Emjo

Normal working name of Lithuanian-born director and playwright Emanuel Lode Abarbanel Basshe (1898-1939), in the USA from 1912; he sometimes signed as Em Jo Basshe. He co-founded the New Playwrights Theatre in 1927; he was involved in leftwing causes throughout his career; in general his plays can be understood as agitprop, and seem to have been particular successful at the heart of the Great Depression, before the New Deal began to rescue America from the effects of unmonitored capitalism. Of ...

Webb, Robert

(1972-    ) UK comedian, actor, screenwriter and author, best known for Television work in various iterations of the double act Mitchell and Webb, and as actor in many tv comedies and dramas. How Not to Be a Boy (2017) is a memoir. Webb is of sf interest for his first novel, Come Again (2020), whose protagonist, the widow of a man who has died suddenly in his forties, finds herself, by unexplained ...

McClellan, Brian

(1986-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Duck Hunt" in Leading Edge for April 2007, and who has focused almost exclusively on broad-gauge fantasy, primarily the Powder Mage sequence beginning with Promise of Blood (2013) [full-length titles only are given in Checklist]. He is of sf interest for War Cry (2018 chap), part Military SF and part, ...

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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