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Clingerman, Mildred

(1918-1997) US book-collector and author who, although she never worked as a full-time writer, published a sizeable number of highly professional, shapely stories, beginning in February 1952 with "Minister without Portfolio" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She was to become as strongly associated with that magazine as was Zenna Henderson. A Cupful of Space (coll 1961), which collects all her work through 1961, reflects this association in the high proportion of F&SF stories ...

Mitani Kōki

(1961-    ) Japanese author, dramatist and film-maker, prominent both as a playwright in Japanese theatre, and as the director or screenwriter of films based on his stage plays. In his early acting career, he performed under the stage-name Sōtarō Ichihashi. / Much of Mitani's work displays a scenarist's fascination with the power of text to shape worlds. In his non-sf play Warai no Daigaku ["University of Laughs"] (1994 radio, staged 1996 trans as The Last ...

Robbins, David

(1950-    ) US author, prolific in several genres under various names, his first novel, The Wereling (1983), being horror; perhaps best known for the nonfantastic Wilderness sequence of Westerns as by David Thompson. He is of greatest sf interest for the Endworld Post-Holocaust Survivalist sequence, which begins with Endworld #1: The Fox Run (1986) and ends with Endworld #27: Chicago Run (1991); a prequel, Endworld: Doomsday (2009), followed much later. Three persistent ...

Bloomer, J M

(?1844-1923) US newspaper editor author of D'Mars' Affinity: Romance of Love's Final Test in Time and Tide (1903), a Lost Race tale involving Reincarnation. [JC]

Crawford, William L

(1911-1984) US publisher and editor, one of the first sf fans to become a publisher, editing and producing two Semiprozines: Unusual Stories – ambitiously announced in 1933 but more or less still-born – and Marvel Tales, which came out in 1934. At about the same time, after a chapbook anthology assembling "Men of Avalon" by David H Keller and "The White Sybil" by Clark Ashton Smith, he published, in Mars Mountain (coll 1935) by Eugene George Key, one of the first US Genre-SF books ...

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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