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Davies, Gordon C

(1923-1994) UK illustrator and author, most of his sf-related work being covers for the UK publisher Curtis Warren, which issued mostly bottom-of-the-market paperback originals in early 1950s; Steve Holland estimates that he executed at least forty covers for the firm. He also painted several 1952 covers for Authentic Science Fiction. A complete catalogue of his work is not easily compiled since some covers are thought to be unsigned while others are signed only "Gordon". His work was vivid, ...

McGuire, Seanan

(1978-    ) US filker (see Filk), Internet presence and author, who also writes as by A Deborah Baker and Mira Grant; she began publishing work of genre interest with "Lost" in Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name (anth 2009) edited by SatyrPhil Brucato and Sandra Buskirk, and became prominent very quickly, winning the John W Campbell Award for best new writer in 2010. She shared the newly introduced Hugo for best fancast with other presenters of the Audiozine SF ...

Fish!

Videogame (1988). Magnetic Scrolls (MS). Designed by Pete Kemp, John Molloy, Phil South, Robert Steggles. Platforms: Amiga, AtariST, C64, DOS (1988); Spectrum (1989). / Fish! is a surreal text Adventure (with static illustrations) in which the player adopts the role of an inter-dimensional secret agent. This hero is something of a serial body snatcher, travelling between Parallel Worlds by possessing the bodies of their inhabitants (see Identity Transfer). As the game begins, the main ...

Fitzgibbon, Constantine

(1919-1983) US-born author, in the UK after the mid-1930s, in Ireland after about 1965, much of whose fiction reflected a complexly conservative cast of mind. His first sf novel, The Iron Hoop (1949), describes an occupied city after World War Three; resistance is doomed. When the Kissing Had to Stop (1960) depicts in Anglophobe terms the self-destruction of a UK dominated by a Communist-inspired government. Less known but more remarkable, The Golden Age (1975) treats the Post-Holocaust ...

Starlog

US monthly nonfiction magazine about sf (and fantasy) in the media, largely films and television, founded 1976, current; small-Bedsheet, saddle-stapled; publishers included O'Quinn Studios, Starlog Communications, New York, and The Brooklyn Company; editors have included Howard Zimmerman and David McDonnell. / This magazine aimed at the juvenile market was for many years a success (with a circulation of around quarter of a million), and generated spin-off books and posters plus various ...

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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