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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

West, Lindsay

Pseudonym of US author Nancy Weber (1942-    ), married to Charles Platt (1977-circa 1980), who writes romances as by Jennifer Rose. The Empire of the Ants (1977) is a Tie novelizing The Empire of the Ants (1977; vt H G Wells' Empire of the Ants) directed by Bert I Gordon. [JC]

Kilian, Crawford

(1941-    ) US-born teacher and author, in Canada from 1967 and a Canadian citizen from 1973 who began publishing work of genre interest with a fantasy for younger children, Wonders, Inc. (1968 chap). He began to publish sf with the first volume of his complex Chronoplane Wars sequence, The Empire of Time (1978), which continued after a gap of years with The Fall of the Republic (1987) and ...

Carr, Charles

Pseudonym of Sydney Charles Mason (1901-1985), a prolific UK author – primarily of Westerns under a variety of names including Colt Henderson and John Langley. His two Bel novels, Colonists of Space (1954) and its sequel Salamander War (1955), routinely deal with colonizing humans and their conflicts with the original salamander inhabitants of the planet Bel (see ...


Film (1978). Waley-Malin Production/Megalovision. Written and directed by Derek Jarman. Cast includes Adam Ant, Ian Charleson, Jordan, Little Nell, Richard O'Brien, Orlando, Jenny Runacre and Toyah Willcox. 104 minutes. Colour. / This was the first solo film by Jarman, one of the doyens of gay, experimental and gender-bending cinema in the UK. The film, which displays a strong sense of irony about the glories of England, was made to be released just in time for Queen Elizabeth II's ...

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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