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Thorne, Geoffrey

(1970-    ) US actor, screenwriter and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Soft Room" in Strange New Worlds (anth 2007) edited by Paula M Block, John J Ordover and Dean Wesley Smith, and who contributed a Tie to the Star Trek universe, in the Star Trek: Titan subseries, Sword of Damocles (2007). [JC]

Silverberg, Robert

(1935-    ) US editor and author, extremely prolific writer of more than one hundred sf books, a large number of nonfiction books (not always under his own name) and a great deal of other work, including an estimated two hundred erotic novels as by Don Elliott [see Checklist for an example] and other undisclosed pseudonyms [these and other books of no sf interest are omitted from the Checklist]; he has also edited or co-edited more than seventy anthologies. He began to write ...

Smith, Mary C

(?   -    ) US-born author, resident in Nigeria, whose sf novel, The Undesirables (1998), is set in an ostensible distant Near Future plebiscitary democracy which – along lines soon to become almost mandatory in the sf literature – turns out to be a Dystopia whose undesirables, defined on Eugenic lines, live in Keep-like ghettos. When the protagonist falls in love with an undesirable, the secret services have her raped and eventually injected with ...

World War Three

Following the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs which ended World War Two, a third world War involving nuclear Holocaust became the recurring nightmare of twentieth-century sf throughout the Cold War decades and even beyond. Often it was tacitly assumed that a third world war would constitute the final instalment of a worldwide state of conflict that began in 1914 and whose Near Future culmination would bring the end of civilization, a conviction that led in sf to numerous Post-Holocaust ...


UK Fanzine edited by Peter Weston. Two issues 1983 as Prolapse, A4 duplicated; the more important incarnation is the second series, 2006-2013, A4 photocopied to #4, litho-printed from #5, typically 36-44pp. 21 issues 1983-2013. / The focus was on byways of the history of Fandom and Conventions, almost exclusively in the UK; many old photographs of fans and authors were reproduced. Some archive material by Kenneth Bulmer and others was reprinted from now-rare fanzines; one example is 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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