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Gauld, Tom

(1976-    ) Scottish illustrator, cartoonist and author, active since the beginning of the twenty-first century; he is perhaps best known for a weekly strip cartoon published in the Guardian, a full representative assembly of this material being You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack (graph coll 2013); Baking With Kafka (graph coll 2017) also contains material from other sources, often directly using sf imagery and themes; Goliath (graph 2012), about the tragically reluctant ...

Galaxy Online

A website, based in Westlake Village, California, which went live as a pilot on 1 January 2000 and was planned by founder Douglas E Conway as "the largest science-fiction and science-fact-related Interactive Online Network in the universe." The backbone of the website was Galaxy Pictures which, according to the press release, had already amassed "the largest library in the world of science-fiction and science-related shows for internet broadcast." Conway based the website on Omni but he wanted ...

Moorcock, Michael

(1939-    ) UK author and editor, married to Hilary Bailey 1962-1978; London-based until around 1980, and London-obsessed from his first vivid memories of the bombing in World War Two of its southern suburbs, an experience constantly reflected in his fiction – wartime London underlies many of its characteristic landscapes and Icons and its images of Entropy – and central to what may be his finest single novel, Mother London (1988), a work of singular complexity ...

He, Joan

(?   -     ) US author whose first novel, the Young Adult Descendant of the Crane (2019), is fantasy. Her second novel, The Ones We're Meant to Find (2021), which is set in a world disrupted by Climate Change, follows the travels of two separated sisters (one of them the narrator) searching for one another in the midst of the Disaster, a reunion being necessarily clouded by the bad times they must attempt to occupy, as well as the problematics involving ...

Murphy, Andrew C

(?   -    ) US author of Steel Sky (2003), a Post-Holocaust Dystopia set Underground in an imprisoning Keep, where the surviving population undergoes enforced estrangements. It feels like the End of the World. [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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