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McKie, Angus

(1951-    ) British illustrator who studied at Newcastle-upon-Tyne College of Art. He began his career in sf art with a cover for the October 1975 issue of Science Fiction Monthly, a portrait of a spacesuited astronaut, and then shifted his attention to book covers. From the start, he displayed a predilection for renderings of Spaceships and other high-tech artefacts that recalled the work of his contemporary Chris Foss, though his works sometimes had a softer focus and ...

Waters, M D

(1978-    ) US author whose Archetype sequence comprising Archetype (2014) and Prototype (2014) features a young woman with Amnesia – it is soon revealed that she has suffered a Memory Edit at the hands of her doctors – whose responses to the world into which she is revived are akin to responses typical of protagonists in Sleeper Awakes tales. This Near Future world is extremely sf-like, with Teleportation and other familiar features; but the focus of the tale is ...

Raphael, John N

(1868-1917) Uruguayan-born translator (mostly of French plays), journalist (Paris correspondent for several papers) and author, apparently in UK from his early years; sf novel, Up Above: Being the Record of Doings of the "Shadow People" in the Year of Grace 1915 [for full subtitle see Checklist] (early version December 1912 Pearson's Magazine as "Up Above, the Story of the Sky Folk"; exp 1913), is based on Le Peril Bleu (1910; trans Brian Stableford as The Blue Peril 2010) by Jules Renard, as ...

Boyczuk, Robert

(1956-    ) Canadian teacher of computer science and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Jazz Fantasia" in On Spec for Winter 1993, most of his subsequent work being horror, much of it (including his first story under the vt "Jazz Threnody") being assembled as Horror Story and Other Horror Stories (coll 2009). He is of sf interest primarily for Nexus (2004 ebook; vt Nexus: Ascension 2010), a Space Opera set in a galaxy where Earth is not mentioned; the ...

Smith, Kent

(?   -    ) US author in whose sf novel, Future X (1990), a Black man from a racist twenty-first century discovers a Time-Travel device, returns to the time of Malcolm X (1925-1965) with the intention of saving him from assassination, causes his death months too early, and finds himself bound into taking his place. But history continues as before, for there is no way, the book seems to argue, of curing the system that killed Malcolm X in the first place. ...

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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