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Norville, Rod

(?   -    ) US author of A Man Beyond Time (2009), an sf tale involving Time Travel, in which a government spy, after creating a Time Machine powered by a Black Hole, has complicated adventures in the past. [JC]

Arnett, Jack

House Name, initially a pseudonym of Mike McQuay, used for the Bantam Book of Justice action-adventure series with intermittent sf content, opening with The Book of Justice #1: Genocide Express (1989). Apparently McQuay wrote one volume (not necessarily the first to appear) and farmed out the rest to others; John J Miller has claimed responsibility for The Book of Justice #3: Death Force (1990). [DRL]

Shirley, George E

(1898-2002) US author whose routine sf novels – all very short – are A World of Their Own (1965 chap), in which the USA is destroyed by a nuclear attack and a surviving family in the UK awaits the time when they may safely return home; The Robot Rulers (1967 chap), in which Australia is overwhelmed by Robots; and A World Beyond (1967 chap), in which a new planet is discovered in the solar system and its simple-life Utopia is taken over by Soviet communists. [DRL/JC]

Marshall, Peyton

(1972-    ) US author active since the early 2000s, her short work being exclusively nonfantastic. Her first novel, Goodhouse (2014), though its plot adheres to the dominant Near Future Young Adult Dystopia model, is written with a fluent literary intensity that lifts it from some of the constraints implied by its literal obedience to genre conventions. The young protagonist has been raised as a ward of the state in a "Goodhouse", where he has been subject to Thought ...

SFTV

Letter-size saddle-stapled Television magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and middle-grade paper. HSJ Publications. Editor: Robert Strauss. Possibly sixteen issues on a quarterly schedule, 1984 to 1989. / One of the very few publications devoted to Fantasy and science fiction television programmes, this title is now largely forgotten but served an important purpose in the years before the Internet. Television episode guides were then almost impossible to find except as occasional ...

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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