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Whyte, Andrew A

(1940-1993) US bibliographer whose main work has been to compile with Anthony R Lewis several volumes of The N.E.S.F.A. Index to Science Fiction Magazines and Original Anthologies during 1973-1984. Solo he produced The New SF Bulletin Index to SF Books, 1974 (1974 chap). He was a founder of NESFA (New England Science Fiction Association) in 1965. [JC]


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Hay, John

Working name of Australian author and farmer John Warwick Dalrymple-Hay (1928-    ). In his sf novel, The Invasion (1968), World War Three begins after a US test missile devastates China, whose retaliation includes a nuclear attack on the coastal cities of Australia. Inland survivors band together to resist the invaders. [JC]

Jęczmyk, Lech

(1936-2023) Polish editor, translator, columnist and essayist, primarily known for his translations of novels and short stories by J G Ballard, Philip K Dick, Ursula K Le Guin, Kurt Vonnegut and numerous others. In 1970, while working as an acquiring editor for the Warsaw-based publishing house Iskry, he initiated the Steps into the Unknown series ...

Goodfellow, David

(?   -    ) US author of Not Long Under an Alien Sun (1996), an sf novel about young executives in peril from Villainous corporate interference upon a Spaceship. [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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