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Yolen, Jane

(1939-    ) US author who began publishing poems and articles when still in college, and who first came to notice with books for children, the first of many being Pirates in Petticoats (1963). Of her circa 365 titles to date, many of which have won awards in her field, most are for children (see listing below for some of these), many of them being picture books for younger children; most of her adult fiction, of which she has written relatively little, is Fantasy, told in a ...

Wolf, K J

(?   -    ) US editor and author whose Planet Torn Asunder (2006) is a Planetary Romance set on a nonhuman planet whose two lizard-like civilizations (see Evolution) are engaged in a possibly genocidal conflict. [JC]

Waller, Robert

(1913-2005) UK editor, environmentalist, radio producer, poet and author, active from the 1930s. He is of some sf interest for Shadow of Authority (1956), a Near Future Satire set in a 1980 Britain, where the National Publishing authority (whose internal structure resembles that of the BBC) controls what may be read. His early and troubled interest in the Ecology of an endangered Earth marked much of his later nonfiction, including Be Human or Die (1972) [JC]

Walton, Barbara E

(?   -    ) US author of a Shared World Tie to the Television series Quantum Leap, Quantum Leap: Odyssey (1995), whose storyline reflects the general bent of, but does not duplicate any episode in, the actual series. [JC]

Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series

Australian Fanzine (March 1986-Autumn 1991), edited by "The Science Fiction Collective" or "ASFR Cooperative", at first comprising Jenny Blackford (1957-    ), Russell Blackford, John Foyster (1941-2003), Yvonne Rousseau and Lucy Sussex; Janeen Webb joined the group and Sussex left in 1987. / This worthy successor to the defunct Australian SF Review was effectively though not officially a critical Academic Journal, of variable but often high quality, fannishly enlivened ...

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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