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Shaara, Michael

(1928-1988) US author who began publishing sf with "All the Way Back" for Astounding in July 1952, the first of twenty-one stories he released in the 1950s, followed by a gap of more than two decades before he returned briefly to the form. Soldier Boy (coll 1982) assembles tales from both periods of his sf work, in which a slightly distanced diction is at times absorbingly applied to straightforward genre plots involving strange planets and Aliens, a seemingly standard mixture of ingredients ...

Pratchett, Terry

(1948-2015) UK author who began publishing with "The Hades Business" in Science Fantasy in 1963, collected with other (mostly early) stories as A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction (coll 2012); other early work, which first appeared in the Bucks Free Press 1965-1973, was collected as Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Stories (coll 2014). For many years he was in full-time employment, as a journalist until 1980 – contributing many short stories to the Bucks Free Press ...

Strange Adventures

UK slim Pulp magazine; two undated issues 1946 and 1947, published by Hamilton & Co, Stafford; edited anonymously. Strange Adventures was an unmemorable juvenile sf magazine. As with its companion, Futuristic Stories, it was written entirely by Norman Firth under pseudonyms. [FHP] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Souza, Steven M

(1953-    ) US author of The Espers (1972), set initially on an Earth dominated from time immemorial by an Alien race of Secret Masters who have prevented Homo sapiens's natural evolution (see Arrested Development); the protagonist's Amnesia is explained by the fact that he is a Weapon in a long campaign to liberate our planet. His abduction by other aliens to fight in a Space Opera war complicates matters along lines perfected by authors like Keith Laumer, and confusion ...

Gibson, Gary

(1965-    ) Scots author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Mother Love" for Skeleton Crew in March 1991, and whose first novel, Angel Stations (2004), neatly follows the pattern of the "new Space Opera", the kind of baroquely expansive tale which exfoliated in the late twentieth century and whose most comprehensive example may be Dan Simmons's Hyperion Cantos (omni 1990). Angel Stations is set chronologically in the midst of a galaxy-wide Future War conducted ...

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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