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Yates, Alan G

(1923-1985) UK-born author, in Australia from 1948, who was best known for his long series of detections under the House Name Carter Brown, writing about 150 volumes as Brown, sometimes at a rate of twenty or more a year; he wrote also as Tom Conway, Dennis Sinclair, Paul Valdez and Peter Yates. He began to write sf – usually to rigid formula – with some short stories around 1950, with G C Bleeck (see Belli Luigi), for Thrills Incorporated; and with a series of short novels in the ...

Kelly, David J

(?   -    ) US author of the routine Killstar sequence of Science Fantasy adventures comprising The Baalbak Quest (1980) and Tower of Despair (1980), in which humanity is saved from a terrible threat. [JC]

Yamano Kōichi

(1939-2017) Japanese author, editor and scenarist who became the country's leading proponent of the New Wave in sf, counter to prevailing trends in the field that continued to favour a model of fiction aping that of the Golden Age of SF in the United States. After a peripatetic youth and a flirtation with screenwriting, Yamano's professional sf debut was "X Densha de Ikō" ["Take the X Train"] (July 1964 S-F Magazine), a reprint of a story from the Uchūjin fanzine. Popular legend holds ...

Spillane, Mickey

(1918-2006) Working name of US author Frank Morrison Spillane, whose career began with early-1940s work in Comics, writing scripts for Superhero characters including Batman and Sub-Mariner. His bestselling thrillers starring private eye Mike Hammer, beginning with I, the Jury (1946), notoriously featured much Sex and extreme (for that era) violence, often against women: Fritz Leiber responded with an acid Parody centred on the PI character "Slickie Millane" in "The Night He Cried" (in Star ...

Education in SF

Arguably, many sf works project the aura of a classroom, as writers undertake to explain their fantastic worlds' new Technology and other features at length by means of instructional Infodumps. A common pattern in Utopian novels is to pair naïve newcomers with longtime residents assigned to show and describe how their society functions, as seen in Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward 2000-1887 (1888) and Hugo Gernsback's Ralph 124C 41+: A Romance of the Year 2660 (April 1911-March 1912 Modern ...

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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