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Navarro, Yvonne

(1957-    ) US author, mostly of fantasy and urban fantasy (in its twenty-first century sense as a term describing supernatural fictions set in cities with romantic plots often involving Vampires, Werewolves and/or Zombies, but normally discounting sf-like rationalizations). She began publishing work of this sort of interest with "Surprise Fall" in the magazine The Horror Show for Spring 1984; her first novel, Afterage (1993; exp as coll 2003) is horror, as is most of her ...


US Digest-size magazine. Five issues 1963-1965, published by Star Press, North Hollywood; edited by William F Nolan for three issues, then by Jack Matcha and Charles E Fritch. The fiction in this magazine – a blend of sf and fantasy – was of good quality, many stories being by Californian writers with film connections, like Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson, and there were some fine covers by Morris Scott Dollens and John Healey. The fourth number was labelled a special "Outer ...

Grove, Frederick Philip

(1879-1948) German-born Canadian translator, editor, poet and author born Felix Paul Berthold Friedrich Greve, in his early career a minor poet and a translator of H G Wells into German;his first novel, the nonfantastic Fanny Essler: ein Berliner Roman (1905; trans Christine Helmers 1984 2vols) as Felix Paul Greve, was a roman á clef damaging to his career; he moved to the USA in 1909. Greve/Grove used various pseudonyms in his early life, adopting the name by which he is known after his ...

Paine, Lauran

(1916-2003) US stunt rider, rancher and author, extraordinarily prolific in several fields, with more than 900 novels under his own name and 69 identified pseudonyms from 1950 until the mid 1990s, almost always for Robert Hale Limited. Over 600 of these were Westerns, many of them achieving a level of genuine competence; a relative handful of them were sf, which he wrote without particular inspiration. This Time Tomorrow (1963), a grim Future War tale, was published under his own name; further ...

Davidson, Michael

Pseudonym of Michael Zeik (?   -    ), US author of two sf novels: The Karma Machine (1975), a dystopian vision of a Computer-dominated world; and Daughter of Is: A Science Fiction Epic: An "Else-when" Parable (1978), an Alternate-History tale. Davidson should not be confused with the poet Michael Davidson (1944-    ). [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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