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Marsh, Charles L

(1854-1930) US factory clerk (in 1920 census) and author of Opening the Oyster: A Story of Adventure (1889), a Lost Race tale set deep in the mountains of California. [JC]

Klein, Jeffrey Bruce

(1948-    ) US investigative journalist, founder-editor of the magazine Mother Jones, and author; in his Near Future sf novel, The Black Hole Affair (1991) as Jeffrey Klein, which reflects his left-wing, anti-government convictions, a reporter discovers a secret government Star Wars project that could either start World War Three, or devastate the planet, or both. [JC]

Barnett, David

(1970-    ) UK journalist and author, some of whose early work is horror, beginning with Hinterland (2005), in which the badland borders of semi-rural quasi-suburban England are Crosshatched with a land which seems simultaneously to resemble Faerie [for Crosshatch and Faerie see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and Hell. Angelglass (2007) more ambitiously interweaves two ...

Mallett, Daryl F

(1969-    ) US bibliographer whose work, beginning in the early 1990s and often in collaboration with Robert Reginald, has been of growing significance for sf scholarship. Publications include the much-expanded second and third editions of Reginald's Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards: A Comprehensive Guide to the Awards and their Winners (1981; exp 1991; exp 1993) with Reginald, for which Mallett performed the ...

Happytime Murders, The

US film (2018). STX, H. Brothers, Black Bear Pictures, DMP, Henson Alternative, On the Day Pictures. Directed by Brian Henson. Written by Todd Berger. Cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Brian Barretta, Melissa McCarthy, Joel McHale and Maya Rudolph. 91 minutes. Colour. / Former detective Phil Phillips (Barretta) suspects that there is more to a porn store "robbery" than the authorities have realized. Reluctantly teaming up with his former partner Connie Edwards (McCarthy), he pieces ...

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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