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Chapdelaine, Perry A

Pseudonym used for sf by US author, mathematician, research psychologist and director of an author's publishing co-op, Anthony di Fabio (1925-2015). He legally adopted his stepfather's surname at age 21. His first published sf was "To Serve the Masters" for If in September 1967. His first sf novel, Swampworld West (1974), routinely explores a Colonization scenario involving problems between native Aliens and Earth colonists. Later books, The Laughing Terran (1977) and Spork of the Ayor (1969 ...

Miles, Lawrence

(1972-    ) UK author best known for his significant contributions to the Doctor Who universe, though he has occasionally published unconnected work. After some early work in Comics, he began his main association with Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Christmas on a Rational Planet (1996). His most influential work has been in the Doctor Who: Eight Doctor sequence; the four-volume story arc beginning with Doctor Who: Eighth Doctor: Alien Bodies (1997) and closing with Doctor ...

Pène du Bois, William

(1916-1993) US illustrator, art editor and designer (for the Paris Review, of which he was a founding editor, between 1953 and 1960) and author; son of the painter Guy Pène du Bois (1884-1958), whose work had some influence on him. His own novels, which he illustrated himself (he also illustrated other writers' books), are usually juveniles, though the bold intricacy of his illustrations are of general interest, and are quite capable of conveying a Sense of Wonder to those open to their ...

Maguire, John Francis

(1815-1872) Irish nationalist politician and journalist, founder of the Cork Examiner. In his sf novel The Next Generation (1871 3vols), set in 1891, the UK has been much improved by steam-powered Balloons and the granting of women's suffrage (see Feminism); romance and the explication of other meliorist reforms just this side of Utopia take up the remainder of a very long book. "Jack Tubbs, or The Happy Isle", in Young Prince Marigold, and Other Fairy Stories (coll 1873), features an Edenic ...

Bonham, Frank

(1914-1988) US author, most of whose adult novels were Westerns, and who wrote in various modes for younger readers, though some of his sf or fantasy was for Young Adult readers. The Missing Persons League (1976), set in a starving Dystopian USA, presents its young protagonist with the chance to find a better world. The Forever Formula (1979) is a strong sf tale in which a young man awakens from Suspended Animation to find himself torn between opposing factions: those who wish for his father's ...

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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