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McGraw, Charles G

(?   -    ) US author who began writing work of genre interest with "Failure Reaction" for Once Upon a World with Mark A Garland in 1989; also with Garland, he wrote a Tie to the Star Trek universe: Star Trek Voyager #7: Ghost of a Chance (1996). Other works with Garland include an adventure Science Fantasy tale, Dorella (1992), set on a world where magic and Technology intersect; and the Demon Blade fantasy adventure sequence beginning with Demon Blade (1994) ...

Wood, Wally

Working name of American artist Wallace A Wood (1927-1981), sometimes credited as Wallace Wood or simply Wood. After military service, the largely self-trained Wood received some instruction at New York's Cartoonists and Illustrators School in 1948 and did some minor work for newspaper Comic strips before shifting to comic books; one of his early collaborators was the young Harry Harrison, a fellow illustrator who later became the famed sf writer. After joining EC Comics in 1949, the pair ...

Sutton, Paralee Sweeten

(?   -    ) US author in whose White City (1949) a married couple, their plane hopelessly lost somewhere in the Antarctic, discovers there a Lost Race who communicate by Telepathy and who have established a clement, advanced Utopia. [JC]

Thomson, Rupert

(1955-    ) UK author, active from around 1987, the abrupt expressionist shiftings of whose novels sometimes allow them to be seen in terms of Fantastika, though this can be a semblance, and an occasional tint of allegory can signal the Mainstream Writer of SF. The infant Moses, protagonist of his first novel, Dreams of Leaving (1987), is floated down a river towards London, the only inhabitant of his isolated village ever permitted to leave it. Funerals of the rich, in The ...


Term coined for that special sf brand of War which is fought across Time, usually with each side knowingly using Time Travel, tampering with causality and perhaps setting up destructive Time Paradoxes in an attempt to establish the ascendancy of one or another version of history. Although Fritz Leiber provided the name in his Change War series – notably The Big Time (March-April 1958 Galaxy; 1961 dos) and the stories assembled as The Change War (coll of linked stories 1978; cut vt ...

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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