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Chapman, Edgar L

(1936-2019) US academic and sf critic, with the English Department at Bradley University (Peoria, Illinois) 1963-2002, then professor emeritus at Bradley until his death. His solo works include studies of Philip José Farmer and Robert Silverberg: The Magic Labyrinth of Philip José Farmer (1984 chap) and The Road to Castle Mount: The Science Fiction of Robert Silverberg (1999). With Carl B Yoke he edited the Alternate History essay collection Classic and Iconoclastic Alternate ...

Churchill, Caryl

(1938-    ) UK playwright, active and prolific from 1958, around forty of whose plays have been professionally presented on Radio, Television and the stage (see Theatre). Though much of her work, as typical in the Theatre, makes metaphorized use of fantasy topoi, several of her many dramas can be experienced in terms of literal Fantastika. Moving Clocks Go Slow (performed 1975) is set in the Near Future, after decades of Ecological degradation has caused worldwide ...

Gudynas, Peter

(1954-    ) British artist, long a resident of Birmingham, though he has also lived in London; his childhood fondness for sf books, films, and television programs inspired a lifelong interest in the genre. A BA in Graphic Design from Lanchester Polytechnic (now called Coventry University) led in 1976 to his first assignment to paint sf book covers, for Panther, and he went on to produce covers for many other British and American publishers, including Ace Books, Berkley ...

Infinite Matrix, The

US professional cumulative Online Magazine which posted material daily but was archived monthly. It was published by Eileen Gunn and ran, after what could have been its only issue in August 2001, from November 2001 to January 2006, with three additional issues in April 2006, January 2007 and July 2008. Along with Sci Fiction and Strange Horizons, both of which had been running for about a year, The Infinite Matrix became one of the three leading online magazines at the start of the new ...

Montag, Kassandra

(?   -    ) US poet and author whose first novel, the moderately distant Near Future After the Flood (2019), focuses on the quest of a mother for her long-abducted daughter Rowena. In a world of catastrophic Climate Change, with America transformed by vastly rising seas into an extended Archipelago, with former mountains now serving as Islands, she has made her living at sea, and suspects that Rowena may be in Greenland. The tale turns on the threat that any ...

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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