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Zebedee, Jo

(1971-    ) Northern Irish author whose Inheritance Trilogy beginning with Abendau's Heir (2015) places into a dynastic Space Opera universe a family drama involving a ruthless Telepathic empress and her son; their conflict unpacks in a series of Military SF encounters. She is deposed, but regains her Galactic Empire, ...

Covell, Ian

(1953-2019) UK author, bibliographer, book dealer and university administrator who first began to publish work of genre interest with "Some Notes on British Authors" for The Science-Fiction Collector in July 1977. Interviews with John Brunner, Michael Moorcock and Bob Shaw appeared in ...

Ace Books

US paperback-publishing company founded by pulp-magazine publisher A A Wyn in 1953. Under editor Donald A Wollheim, Ace published a high proportion of sf, much of it in the "Ace Double" format of two titles bound together Dos-à-Dos: the first sf story to be published thus was Theodore S Drachman's Cry Plague! (1953 dos) in the volume with serial number D-13. The ...

Kirmess, C H

Pseudonym of Australian newspaperman and author Frank Fox (1874-1960), in the UK from about 1909; in his Future War tale, The Australian Crisis (October 1908-August 1909 Lone Hand as "The Commonwealth Crisis"; 1909), an effeminate Near Future Australia is subject to Invasion by Asians (see Yellow Peril). Fox was knighted in 1926. [JC]

Ehrmann, Max

(1872-1945) US lawyer and author, most famous for "Desiderata", a prose poem whose copyright was registered by Ehrmann on 3 January 1927 which sets down a range of homilies about living the good life; it was published in various formats (including many 1960s and 1970s posters, and a spoken recitation as "Spock Thoughts" on a 1968 album by Leonard Nimoy) and is often wrongly sourced to a seventeenth-century tombstone inscription or Latin text. Of sf interest is Ehrmann's A Fearsome Riddle ...

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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