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Gakov, Vladimir

Originally the collective pseudonym of Russian authors Vladimir Gopman, Andrei Gavrilov and Mikhail Kovalchuk (VLADIMIR Gopman, Andrei GAvrilov, and Mikhail KOValchuk). For the purposes of this encyclopedia, for whose second edition he revised or wrote many of the entries on Russian sf, including Russia, this is the pseudonym of Kovalchuk writing solo. Russian critic and editor Mikhail (Andreevich) Kovalchuk (1951-    ) is a trained physicist who ...

Lain, Douglas

(1970-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Tone Deaf World or Why I Quit the Drag" in Next Phase for 1996. He has published three novels of sf interest. The portrait of Christopher Robin Milne (1920-1996), Moon in Billy Moon, is grippingly sympathetic as the troubled young man enters various Alternate Worlds, primarily associated with French protest movements in the 1960s and elsewhen; ...

Beck, L Adams

Primary working name of UK-born author born Elizabeth Louisa Moresby (1862-1931), most of whose life was spent in various lands, including China and Japan; primarily in Canada from 1919; as well as L or Lily Adams Beck, she published under various iterations of her name (her second marriage was to Ralph Coker Adams Beck) including Elizabeth Louisa Beck, Elizabeth Louisa Moresby Beck, Louis Moresby and Lily Moresby Adams; she also published as by E Barrington. In general her work – which ...

Gautier, Émile

(1853-1937) French anarchist, imprisoned 1883-1885 for making speeches, and journalist specializing in popular science; best known for the nonfiction Le Darwinisme social ["Social Darwinism"] (1880), a text which familiarized the term Social Darwinism for French readers. Solo he published an sf tale, "Le Désiré" (1892 La Science Illustrée), and with Marie-Francois ...

Star Encounters

Letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Myron Fass as Stories, Layouts and Press. Editor: Jeffrey Goodman. Three bimonthly issues, all in 1978. / One of several sf Cinema magazines issued by Myron Fass from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, Star Encounters was among the shortest-lived. It featured some UFO material in the ...

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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