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Moscovit, Andrei

Pseudonym of USSR-born publisher, philosopher, historian and author Igor Markovich Efimov (1937-2020), an American citizen from 1978, which he used for some of his varied works, including the sf novel Arkhivy Strashnogo suda (1982; trans Robert Bowie as The Judgment Day Archives 1988), a Near Future tale involving Technothriller riffs and some mysticism. The female Scientist protagonist is forced by the KGB to work for the Enterprise, a secretive corporation which sells the opportunity to be ...

Fisher, James P

(?   -    ) US author whose sf novel The Great Brain Robbery (1970) is a rather lightweight adventure in which an Alien inveigles a student to its home planet, where it has nefarious uses for his unusual brain. [JC]

Hildebrandt, The Brothers

Working name for the team of American artists Gregory J Hildebrandt (1939-    ) and Timothy Mark Allen Hildebrandt (1939-2006), identical twin brothers, although they also worked separately using the working names Greg Hildebrandt and Tim Hildebrandt. They will forever be regarded primarily as the definitive illustrators of J R R Tolkien because of the famous Tolkien calendars that featured their paintings of his characters; oddly enough, except for one 1975 edition of Smith ...

Mullen, Stanley

(1911-1974) US artist, museum curator and pulp author who wrote over thirty sf and fantasy stories, beginning with "A Dero Named Clarence" for The Gorgon in 1947, many of them Space Opera, often in Planet Stories, until about 1959. His three books, from Small Presses, are Kinsmen of the Dragon (1951), which pits the hero against a secret society whose magical science has roots in a Parallel World which, being Under the Sea, is accessible by submarine; Sphinx Child (1948 chap), a fantasy short ...

Banks, Michael A

Pseudonym of US author and editor Alan Gould (1951-    ), who began publishing sf as Banks with "Lost & Found" for Asimov's in March/April 1978 with George Wagner, and who has since published at least forty-five stories, some as Alan Gould. His first books of sf interest were the nonfiction Understanding Science Fiction (1982), a primer plus anthology for teachers unfamiliar with the field, and Ultraheroes (1983), an sf interactive text for juveniles. His first sf novel ...

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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