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Laverty, Donald

Pseudonym used by James Blish and Damon Knight in collaboration, for the single story "No Winter, No Summer" (October 1948 Thrilling Wonder). [JC] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Attebery, Brian

(1951-    ) US academic and author best known for his work in the analysis of fantasy as a genre [see Checklist below]; for this work in particular he was given an IAFA Award for Distinguished Scholarship in 1991, though the 2009 Pilgrim Award was given him for his work in general. He served as co-editor with Ursula K Le Guin, and with Karen Joy Fowler as consultant, on The Norton Book of Science Fiction: North American Science Fiction, 1960-1990 (anth 1993), for which he ...

Sinykin, Sheri Cooper

(1950-    ) US author of fantasies for the Young Adult market (not listed below), among which is a tale of sf interest, A Matter of Time (1998), whose young protagonist is transported by Time Machine back to her grandparents' era, where she discovers that they are real folk like her. Her new-found family values persist after she returns to the present. [JC]

Mann, George

(1978-    ) UK editor and author whose The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1999) was an ambitious one-person attempt to cover the field, though necessarily it lacked scope (the term Mammoth in the title was imposed by the publishers to echo their numerous The Mammoth Book of ... anthologies edited by Mike Ashley and others). His first sf novel, The Human Abstract (2004) is a competent Space Opera (see also Colonization of Other Worlds), but his most interesting work ...

Lovegrove, James

(1965-    ) UK author who also writes as Jay Amory (note play on his name) and has set crosswords for UK newspapers as Jael; his first novel, The Hope (1990) – set on a vast ocean liner as evocative of the topos of the Ship of Fools as it is of the Generation Starship or the Pocket Universe – is vigorously Equipoisal in a manner typical of his work as whole. His second novel, Escardy Gap (1996) with Peter Crowther, a Godgame gone out of control in a town driven ...

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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