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Keene, Day

Pseudonym of US author Gunnar Hjerstedt (1904-1969), mostly of detective novels and film and television scripts. In his sf novel, World without Women (1960) with Leonard Pruyn, the few remaining women find themselves in Dystopian circumstances (see Women in SF), though it is (unusually) the men who are most often punished for violating scarcity taboos. [JC]

Morris, William

(1834-1896) UK designer, artist, publisher, poet and author whose greatest fame rests on his work as a designer of furniture and fabrics; his efforts to reform the prevalent vulgarity of mid-Victorian taste and to preserve standards of craftsmanship placed him in radical and irresolvable conflict with the basic tendencies of the industrial era, then in the first vigour of its youth. This conflict was variously expressed in his writing. In his early poems, collected in The Defence of Guenevere ...

Spencer, David

(1965-    ) US author whose work of sf interest is primarily restricted to his Tie to the Alien Nation universe, Alien Nation #6: Passing Fancy (1994), which is obedient to its requirements. Earlier he wrote the lyrics for Alan Brennert's Weird Romance (first performed 14 June 1992 WPA Theatre, New York). [JC]

Morgan, Richard

(1965-    ) British author who began publishing work of genre interest with Altered Carbon (2002) as by Richard K Morgan; the middle initial also appears on US reprints. Altered Carbon was the first of a three-volume sequence featuring the mercenary/detective Takeshi Kovacs, subsequent books being Broken Angels (2003) and Woken Furies (2005). The setting of the Kovacs sequence is a United Nations-supervised group of planets whose economy is dominated by the availability of a ...

Corea, Chick

(1941-2021) US jazz composer and performer of largely instrumental music. Corea's career began in the 1960s with a number of fluent Latin-jazz releases. In the 1970s the influence of L Ron Hubbard (Corea converted to Scientology sometime around the start of this decade) began to make itself apparent in his music. The band Return to Forever, a side-project of Corea's, released half a dozen Scientologically-influenced albums, amongst them Return to Forever (1972) and Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy ...

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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