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John, Elton

(1947-    ) UK singer-songwriter, prolific and enduringly popular. A characteristic John composition is a short, poppy love song, but he has recorded a small number of sf tracks, including: "Bad Side of the Moon" (on 11-17-70, 1971) about a remorseful convict in a Prison situated on the lunar dark side; "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time)" (on Honky Château, 1972), a plaintive version of Ray Bradbury's short story "Rocket Man" and one of John's best ...

Cline, C Terry, Jr

(1935-    ) US author, most of whose work combines thriller and Horror in SF modes; he has published three borderline-sf novels – Damon (1975), about Mutant superchildren, Death Knell (1977), which deals interestingly with Reincarnation, and Cross Current (1979) – and one sf tale, Mindreader (1981), whose protagonist, while in hiding, unremarkably uses ESP to save the rest of us. [JC]

Gilden, Mel

(1947-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "What About us Grils?" in Clarion (anth 1971) edited by Robin Scott Wilson, and whose first novels were Young Adult tales like The Return of Captain Conquer (1986) and the loosely linked Outer Space and All That Junk (1989), both comical though not spoofish, and quite compellingly told. Most of his later career has focused on series for slightly younger readers, like the Fifth Grade Monsters sequence ...

Wilson, Gahan

(1930-2019) American artist and author, best known for his work outside the genre as a cartoonist, his career beginning in the mid-1940s; associated mainly for many decades with such Slick magazines as Playboy (from 1957) and The New Yorker (from 1980). The bizarre and often macabre sense of Humour he displayed in his innumerable cartoons, though influenced by such precursors as Charles Addams, has had a broad impact on the style and substance of American culture as a whole. He drew in ...

Silvestro, Loui

(?   -    ) Australian illustrator and author of the Young Adult Henry's Reality Machine (1994), in which Henry, initially ostracized at his new school, wins friends by using his Computer skills to create a Virtual Reality in which to have fun. [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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