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Lam, Laura

(1988-    ) US-born author, resident for some time in Scotland, much of whose early work has been fantasy, with explorations of Sex and gender couched cogently into adventure narratives; she also writes some nonfantastic work as by Laura Ambrose. Her first series, the Young Adult Micah Grey sequence beginning with Pantomime (2013), emplaces its intersex protagonist in a unspecifically Steampunk world, where she endures travails, joins a circus, engages in Magic, and moves ...

Elms, Alan C

(1938-    ) US psychologist, academic and author, whose professional interest in the nature of biography is most fully expressed in Uncovering Lives: The Uneasy Alliance of Biography and Psychology (1994), where he argues that a sensitive multi-disciplinary approach to psychobiography can be fruitful. Sf writers examined include Isaac Asimov, L Frank Baum, John W Campbell, B F Skinner (peripherally), Cordwainer Smith (pseudonym of Paul Linebarger) and Jack Williamson ...

Wakefield, Tom

(1935-1996) UK teacher and author, who wrote nonfiction about his teaching experiences at special schools in Hackney (an East London borough); his only novel of sf interest, The Love Siege (1979), also reflects his pedagogical experiences through its depiction of a Dystopian Near Future London where all "handicapped" children are condemned to extermination. The staff of the school revolts. Wakefield's other fiction mostly comprised acute and humorous depictions of gay life in his era. [JC]

Tuomainen, Antti

(1971-    ) Finnish author (see Finland), largely in the crime mode, much of whose work contains a strong, sardonic sense of the absurdity of mapping a largely American genre onto a parochial Finnish setting, such as Palm Beach Finland (2017 trans David Hackston 2018), in which an entrepreneur turns to illegal methods to establish a seaside utopia. Unlike Reijö Mäki, with whom his work has many similarities in style and tone, Tuomainen has been swept up in the ...

Goldsmith, Martin M

(1913-1994) US screenwriter and author in whose Shadows at Noon (1943), a Near Future sf novel set in World War Two, Manhattan (see New York) is bombed by Nazi bombers. Goldsmith wrote two episodes of The Twilight Zone in 1964. [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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