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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Gottlieb, Hinko

(1886-1948) Croatian poet, author, editor and lawyer whose sf novel set in World War Two, The Key to the Great Gate (manuscript trans Fred Bolman and Ruth Morris from the Serbo-Croat 1947), was first composed in an Italian concentration camp (the manuscript was destroyed and had to be reconstructed later). An imprisoned Scientist, having learned how to expand and contract the Einsteinian spacetime continuum, dazzles ...

Smith, Sherwood

Pseudonym of US author Christine I Smith Lowentrout (1951-    ), much of whose work has been fantasy, and much of her production under other pseudonyms, usually for the production of Ties. As Robyn Tallis, she wrote four Planet Builders Ties: Rebel from Alphorion (1989), Visions from the Sea (1989), Giants of Elenna (1989) and Fire in the Sky (1989); as Nicholas ...

Henningsen, Charles Frederick

(1815-1877) UK-born soldier and author of Swedish parentage, active in the former capacity in Spain, Russia, Hungary, Nicaragua and Grenada, rising to the rank of brigadier-general in the army of one of these countries, though it has not been determined which; he had emigrated to the United States by 1851, where he helped wage military campaigns intended to extend the practice of Slavery throughout Central America, and eventually fought on the Confederate side in ...

Cameron, James

(1954-    ) Canadian-born film-maker. Originally a special-effects man and art director with Roger Corman's New World – where he worked on Battle beyond the Stars (1980), Android (1982) and several others including Escape from New York (1981), for which New World did the special effects – ...

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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