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Freas, Frank Kelly

(1922-2005) American illustrator, born Frank Kelly; he added the last name Freas after his stepfather adopted him, and was often known professionally simply as Kelly Freas. For many years, Freas was sf's most popular artist, and he surely qualifies as its most productive; after half a century of steady work, his accomplishments were staggering. / After some freelance jobs and military service during World War II, the self-trained Freas decided to pursue his longstanding interest in science ...

Rosendorfer, Herbert

(1934-2012) Italian-born lawyer, judge, painter, composer, playwright, screenwriter and author, in Germany between 1943 and 1997; he served as a judge in Munich 1967-1993, and in other judicial positions. His early novel, Der Ruinenbaumeister (1969; trans Mike Mitchell as The Architect of Ruins 1992), complexly and ambivalently inserts its narrator into an Underground world, shaped like a vast cigar as though it were a gigantified means of Transportation out of a Jules Verne tale, the great ...

Miles, Lawrence

(1972-    ) UK author best known for his significant contributions to the Doctor Who universe, though he has occasionally published unconnected work. After some early work in Comics, he began his main association with Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Christmas on a Rational Planet (1996). His most influential work has been in the Doctor Who: Eight Doctor sequence; the four-volume story arc beginning with Doctor Who: Eighth Doctor: Alien Bodies (1997) and closing with Doctor ...

Marvel Preview

US letter-size black-and-white Comics magazine. 34 issues, July 1975 to February 1983, printed on cheap newsprint-quality paper by the Marvel Comics subsidiary imprint Curtis Magazines. The title changed to Bizarre Adventures from #24 (1980) on to the end; the final issue was published in standard Comics format on glossy paper. Dennis O'Neil was usually the credited editor. Publication was nominally quarterly but in fact erratic. / Marvel Preview was a showcase title featuring various ...

Watts, Peter

(1958-    ) Canadian marine biologist and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Niche" in Tesseracts3 (anth 1990) edited by Candas Jane Dorsey and Gerry Truscott; his early short fiction was assembled as Ten Monkeys, Ten Minutes (coll 2001); Beyond the Rift (coll 2013) mostly assembles more recent stories. He is very much better known, however, for his longer work, in particular the Hard SF Rifters sequence, comprising Starfish (1999) and Maelstrom ...

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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