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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Mann, George

(1978-    ) UK editor and author whose The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2001) was an ambitious one-person attempt to cover the field (see Bibliographies), though at less than 700 pages its coverage was necessarily constrained (the term Mammoth in the title was imposed by the publishers to echo their numerous The Mammoth Book of ... anthologies edited by Mike Ashley and ...

Silvestro, Loui

(?   -    ) Australian illustrator and author of the Young Adult Henry's Reality Machine (1994), in which Henry, initially ostracized at his new school, wins friends by using his Computer skills to create a Virtual Reality in which to have fun. [JC]

Coleman, Loren L

(?1968-    ) US author, exclusively of Ties, first in the Battletech Role Playing Game world, then in the related world of BattleTech: MechWarrior: Dark Age; he has been highly praised by aficionados of these games for the quality of his novelizations. He has also written the Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures: Legends of Kern series Tied to the ...

Otis, James

Working name of US journalist, editor and author James Otis Kaler (1848-1912), who published at least 175 novels, apparently most or all of them for boys. Titles of sf interest include – but may not be restricted to – three Lost Race tales: The Treasure Finders: A Boy's Adventure in Nicaragua (1889); The Search for the Silver City: A Tale of Adventure in Yucatan (1893), in which a Mayan survival is discovered in the remote ...

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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