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Olander, Joseph D

(1939-    ) US academic and anthologist, all of whose work – amounting to at least forty titles – has been in collaboration with Martin Harry Greenberg (whom see for details), sometimes plus further collaborators. "Name" authors involved in team anthologies part-edited by Olander are Isaac Asimov, Damon Knight, Frederik Pohl and Robert Silverberg. [JC] see also: Critical and Historical Works About SF; Sociology. /

Rowley, Christopher

(1948-    ) US author whose career began with efficiently written Military SF novels, beginning with the War for Eternity/Fenrille sequence – The War for Eternity (1983), The Black Ship (1985), The Founder (1989) and To a Highland Nation (1993) – which concentrates on warfare within our solar system, though the inhabitants of at least one outlying Space Habitat are involved in interstellar exploration. The Vang sequence – Starhammer (1986), The Vang: The ...

Carr, Carol

(1938-2021) US fan and author, active in Fandom from the early 1960s (including participation in the "secret" APA Lilapa and articles in the Fanzines Innuendo, Lighthouse and Trap Door); married to Terry Carr from 1961 until his death in 1987; married from 2000 until her death to US fanzine publisher Robert Lichtman. She began to publish fiction of genre interest with "Look, You Think You've Got Troubles" in Orbit 5 (anth 1969) edited by Damon Knight; this comic treatment of an exasperated ...

Randisi, Robert J

(1951-    ) US author who collaborated with Warren Murphy on a few volumes of the vast Destroyer sequence (see the latter's entry). Other works by Randisi include Sasquatch Hunt (1983) as by J R Roberts in the Gunsmith series, in which Bigfoot is treated as a Monster, Once Upon a Murder (1987) with Kevin D Randle, and Curtains of Blood (2002). None are of strong direct sf interest. [JC]

Cordell, Alexander

Pseudonym of Ceylon-born UK author George Alexander Graber (1914-1997); after World War Two he lived in Wales, a land to which he became intensely loyal, and where much of his non-fantastic fiction is set. The Bright Cantonese (1967; vt The Deadly Eurasian 1968) combines doomed romance and nuclear Disaster with an intensity reminiscent of the early Geoffrey Household, as the eponymous female Red Guard – who leaves her lover on a quest through the United States in search out those ...

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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