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Humour

There is a false belief that sf and humour do not mix. Certainly sf has produced many bad jokes – Arthur C Clarke's Tales From the White Hart (coll of linked stories 1957) is entirely devoted to them – but from the beginning it has also produced many good ones. Much sf humour takes the form of social Satire, and stories of this kind are discussed mainly in that entry. While the discussion below naturally includes satires also, it focuses on sf that elicits laughter rather than a wry ...

Charrette, Robert N

(1953-    ) US author and Game designer, often as Bob Charrette. He co-designed the sf Role Playing Games Aftermath (1981) – with a Post-Holocaust setting – and Shadowrun (1989). His fiction consists mostly of sf and fantasy Ties, including game novelizations for the Battletech (1984) franchise and his own Shadowrun. The Artos sequence, beginning with A Prince Among Men (1994), and the Chronicles of Aelwyn, beginning with Timespell (1996), are not ...

Wilson, H W

(1866-1940) UK journalist and author, a founder of the Navy League, and with one of its members, Arnold Henry White, author of a Future War tale, When War Breaks Out [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1898 chap), which dramatizes the dangers of an unprepared navy [for further details see entry on his collaborator]. [JC]

Gay, Anne

(1952-    ) UK teacher and author, married to Stan Nicholls (1949-    ), who began publishing sf with "Wishbone" in Gollancz-Sunday Times Best SF Stories (anth 1987) edited anonymously; she has used her married name Anne Nicholls for later short fiction. Her first novel, Mindsail (1990) – like all her works it is a Planetary Romance – promisingly describes an alien planet to which the passengers of a crashed human Starship have had to adjust, ...

Miles, Patricia

(1930-    ) UK author for children's and Young Adult markets, some of whose work is of sf interest, including The Gods in Winter (1978), an Equipoisal tale whose young protagonists, who live in a scientific research establishment with their parents, witness an incursion of ancient gods; Lowther Hall (1981) and Mind Pirates (1983) share a similar graceful gravity of demeanour, as their casts deal with the unknown. [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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