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Tyler, Theodore

Pseudonym of US author Edward William Ziegler (1930-1993) for The Man Whose Name Wouldn't Fit; Or, the Case of Cartwright-Chickering (1968), a Satire set in a Near Future Dystopia; the action revolves around a Computers inability to process the protagonist's full name, Arthur Duane Cartwright-Chickering, causing him to be fired. [JC]

Ducak, Danilo

(1953-    ) Croatian artist, now a resident of New York City, who has also been credited (presumably in error) as Danilo Ducat. He first visited the city in 1988 in search of artistic assignments and settled there permanently in 1991, though otherwise little is known about his background. His early covers, mostly for Harper, are generally unremarkable; some featured little real artwork, while others offered only straightforward representational scenes, sometimes dominated by ...

Herbert, Brian

(1947-    ) US author, son of Frank Herbert, who began publishing sf with his third book and first novel, Sidney's Comet: Being an Account of the Remarkable Events Which Occurred During the Approach of the Great Garbage Comet (1983), a comic Satire which launched the short Garbage Chronicles series; the eponymous Comet, composed of human garbage, threatens Earth in the twenty-seventh century; the sequel, The Garbage Chronicles: Being an Account of the Adventures of Tom Javik ...

Merwin, Sam, Jr

(1910-1996) US author, whose name has been given, in error, as W Samuel Merwin or W S Merwin, son of the writer W Samuel Merwin (1874-1936); neither Merwin should be confused with W S Merwin (William Stanley Merwin, 1927-    ), the US Poet Laureate for 2011 whose The Folding Cliffs: A Narrative (1998), a novel in verse, treats Hawaiian history in mythopoeic terms. Sam Merwin Jr's first sf story was "The Scourge Below" for Thrilling Wonder Stories in October 1939. He later ...

Williams, Francis Howard

(1844-1922) US critic and author whose Atman: The Documents in a Strange Case (1891), though its substance could be deemed occultish, has some interest through its structure. Williams himself appears in the tale as the holder of various documents that demonstrate the Psi Powers of the young woman brought to grief by a Mad Scientist, Professor Perdicaris. Metempsychosis is involved. [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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