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North, Rick

A House Name used for the Young Astronauts Shared-World sf series created for the Young Astronaut Council. Margaret Wander Bonanno, S N Lewitt and John Peel are all contributors to this sequence. [DRL]

Miller, Ron

(1947-    ) American artist, editor and author, best known for his work in the field of space art. He received a BFA in illustration from the Columbus College of Art and Design, initially worked in commercial art, and then became the art director for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Albert Einstein Planetarium, which gave him some early experience in astronomical art and brought him into contact with NASA, an agency he would continue to work with after leaving the ...

Smith, Kristine

(?   -    ) US author whose career under this name (she also writes supernatural thrillers as by Alex Gordon) has been almost entirely devoted to the Jani Killian series – comprising Code of Conduct (1999), Rules of Conflict (2000), Law of Survival (2001), all three assembled as The Rules of Survival (omni 2008), Contact Imminent (2003) and Endgame (2008), both assembled as Endgame (omni 2008) – set in a Space Opera universe, though the individual ...

Hurwood, Bernhardt J

(1926-1987) US author of various sorts including detections and a very early manual on adjusting to the Computer age: Writing Becomes Electronic: Successful Authors Tell How They Write in the Age of the Computer (1986). He wrote and edited occult and horror titles for the Young Adult market, like Strange Curses (coll 1975) and By Blood Alone (1979); the Man from T.O.M.C.A.T. soft-porn quasithriller sequence as by Mallory T Knight, beginning with The Man from T.O.M.C.A.T. #1: The Dozen Deadly ...

Held, Serge

(1892-1969) Ukrainian-born French consulting engineer and author of La Mort du Fer (1931; trans Fletcher Pratt as "The Death of Iron" [September-December 1932 Wonder Stories]), a Disaster tale – a mysterious virus destroys all iron in the world – which leads to a confused collapse of civilization (see Holocaust; Post-Holocaust). [JC]

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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