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Jackson, Stuart

(?   -2006) UK teacher and author, whose Tracer (1990) depicts a Near Future Britain whose government jails AIDS victims. [JC]

Schneeman, Charles

(1912-1972) American artist. After artistic training at the Pratt School of Art and Design and Grand Central School of Art, he began doing interior illustrations and occasional covers for John W Campbell Jr's Astounding Science-Fiction in the late 1930s. It is his interior illustrations that are best remembered, particularly those that accompanied Jack Williamson's The Legion of Time (May-July 1938 Astounding; rev 1952) and E E "Doc" Smith's Gray Lensman (October 1939-January 1940 Astounding; ...

Sheehan, Perley Poore

(1875-1943) US screenwriter, journalist and author responsible for much magazine fiction, though he was initially best known for a play, Efficiency: A Play in One Act (August 1917 McClure's Magazine; vt "Blood and Iron: A Play in One Act" October 1917 Strand; 1917 chap) with Robert Hobart Davis (1869-1942), in which a German Mad Scientist transforms the fatally wounded Soldier 241 into the first unmistakably modern physically "improved" Cyborg in sf, in order better to wage World War One ...

Heller, Peter

(1959-    ) US journalist and author whose first four books are nonfiction adventures mostly dealing with expeditions to various extremities of the planet; his first novel, The Dog Stars (2012), is set in a Near Future America devastated by a flu-based Pandemic and finished off by an auto-immune disorder. The protagonist, who is a pilot, lies low near Denver with a Survivalist buddy who has a habit of killing intruders, until he picks up a radio message, which he traces in ...

Sirius Visions

US Semiprozine published eight times a year "on the ancient Celtic holidays" by Claddagh Press, Portland, Oregon, edited by Marybeth O'Halloran. It began with an advance preview issue, Winter 1993, and then ran for eight formal issues, August 1994 to June 1995. The first four issues and the advance one were in large-tabloid format (really double letter size), 16 pages, but from issue #5 (February 1995) switched to the more standard (and more easily readable) letter size. It described itself as ...

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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