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Ackerman, Wendayne

(1912-1990) German-born translator, in the US for many years before her death; married to Forrest J Ackerman from 1949 to 1957, and his companion in later years. She translated Stanisław Lem's Niezwyciȩżony i inne opowiadania (Warsaw, Poland: Wydawnictwo Ministerstwa Obrony Narodowej, 1964) as The Invincible (1973), from the German translation of the original; and Trudno byt' bogom (1964) [see details in Checklist] by Arkady and Boris Strugatski as Hard to be a God (1973). She ...

Children's SF

For there to exist a term designating a category of fiction written for children, it was necessary to invent a category of human designated as children. "In medieval society, the idea [more properly "feeling"] of childhood did not exist", Philippe Ariès (1914-1984) claimed in L'Enfant et la Vie Familiale sous l'Ancien Régime (1960; trans Robert Baldick as Centuries of Childhood 1962). Although this famous over-bald assertion was soon challenged, it remains hard securely to ...

Ng Yi-Sheng

(1980-    ) Singapore poet, playwright and author, initially recognized for his poetry, of which there are several collections, beginning with last boy (coll 2006); his Anthologies tend to focus, as does his poetry, on gay issues and experiences. He is perhaps best known internationally for his short fiction, beginning with "Agnes Joaquim, Bioterrorist" in Fish Eats Lion: New Singaporean Speculative Fiction (anth 2012) edited by Jason Erik Lundberg. Later stories have been ...


British punk band led by Kenneth "Spizz" Spiers from Solihull. This was the best known iteration of the group he led during the punk/post-punk era, whose name would regularly change and be variations of his nickname. / By and large, early punk had little time for sf, partially due to its focus on the present but also because of its hostility towards Progressive Rock (see SF Music), which commonly used genre themes. There were a few exceptions, most notably X-Ray Spex (which see) and The ...

McLaughlin, Dean

(1931-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "For Those who Follow After" for Astounding in July 1951. Of his three sf novels to appear in book form – Dome World (March 1958 Astounding as "The Man on the Bottom"; exp 1962), The Fury from Earth (1963) and The Man Who Wanted Stars (fixup 1965) – the last is probably the best, though all of these straightforward Libertarian SF adventures are densely written. The first is set Under the Sea, the second describes ...

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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