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Thomas, D M

(1935-2023) UK poet and author who made use of sf themes most explicitly in such early Poetry as "The Head-Rape" in New Worlds for March 1968 and the two-part "Computer 70: Dreams & Lovepoems" (March-April 1970 New Worlds), a sequence assembled with other poetry of interest in Logan Stone (coll 1970); or the later "S. F." (in The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, anth ...

Servello, Joe

(1932-    ) American artist, apparently a lifelong resident of Altoona, Pennsylvania. Online biographies report generally that Servello has worked as an actor, art and drama teacher, and art director for television, but no specific information is provided. As a commercial artist, Servello is best known as an illustrator of children's books; his most prominent assignments were the covers and interior art for several juvenile novels by William ...

Valentine, Genevieve

(1981-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "29 Union Leaders Can't be Wrong" in Strange Horizons for June 2007; most of her work has been fantasy, including her first novel, Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti (2011), where acrobats acquire exquisitely light steel skeletons through Magic, set in a world whose Steampunk atmosphere is ...

Cole, Stephen

(1971-    ) UK editor and author, who has also written as by Tara Samms, and who as Commissioning Editor, Sci-Fi Titles for BBC Worldwide was responsible for the Doctor Who list in the late 1990s; his own contributions to that list began with anthologies like Doctor Who: Side Trips (anth 1998); he later wrote several of the fiction titles, sometimes in collaboration, beginning with Doctor Who: Parallel 59 (2000) ...

Collodi, Carlo

Pseudonym of Italian journalist and author Carlo Lorenzini (1826-1890), active from the early 1850s, much of his work being political Satire from an anti-monarchist point of view; famous for his children's fantasy Le Avventure di Pinocchio: storia di un burattino (first fifteen chapters 7 July-27 October 1881 Giornale per i bambini as "La storia di un burratino"; chapters fifteen to thirty-six February 1882-January 1883 Giornale per i bambini as ...

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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