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King, Reed

Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -    ) whose only publication under this name, FKA USA (2019), is a gonzo distant Near Future tale set in a balkanized America and describing a road-trip from what was once Missouri, but is now Crunch, United Colonies, to California. In 2085, all the Climate-Change and Ecological disasters currently promulgated have indeed occurred: rising seas, intolerable temperatures, the loss of half of California to the ...

Doohan, James

(1920-2005) Canadian actor, best known for playing Scotty, the irascible but lovable Scottish Flight Engineer for the Starship Enterprise in various Star Trek Television series and films; another sf series role was Commander Carnarvin in the first season of Jason of Star Command (1978-1980). He is listed as co-author with S M Stirling in the Flight Engineer sequence beginning with The Rising (1996). Doohan also published a memoir, Beam Me Up, Scotty: Star Trek's "Scotty" – In His Own ...

Miller, Ruth

(?   -    ) US author of a Young Adult sf novel, The Thirty-First of April (1982), set in a Parallel World. [JC]

Borges, Jorge Luis

(1899-1986) Argentine poet, essayist, librarian and short-story author, a central figure of Latin American literature for the sixty years of his active career, which he pursued solely in Argentina, though he was partly raised in Switzerland and took his university degree there; his influence extended through poetry; very numerous reviews and seminal essays, which covered almost all of Western literature; as well as his fiction. Beyond Latin America, he is most influential for his stories, all ...

Payne, Rob

(1973-    ) Canadian-born author, now in Australia, of the How to Save the World sequence, so far comprising How to be a Hero on Earth 5 (2006), a Young Adult sf tale involving Parallel Worlds, and its sequel How to Save the World Again (2007). [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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