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Anderson, Mary

(?   -?   ) UK author whose Lost Race novel, A Son of Noah (1893), features many of the conventions of Prehistoric SF with the added spice of pterodactyl-worship on the part of a speciously advanced civilization. But the Flood will soon clear the air. [JC]

Meyer, Nicholas

(1945-    ) US screenwriter and sometime director, known especially for Time After Time (1979), for his work on the original-series phase of the Star Trek film cycle, and latterly for his screen adaptations of non-sf works by Philip Roth. Beginning as a publicist, in which capacity he wrote a making-of book for Love Story (1971), he made an amusing debut as a screenwriter on the exploitation feature Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973) before finding success as an accidental ...

Martin, Carl

Working name of Rodney Carl Martin Jr (1950-    ), US software engineer and author, primarily of nonfiction as Rod Martin Jr [not listed below]. With John Dalmas he wrote Touch the Stars: Emergence (1983), in which US researchers developing a Faster Than Light drive allowing interstellar travel are opposed by Secret Masters who wish to keep humanity Earthbound and under their control. Martin's solo Space Opera sequel, adding Aliens to the mix and escalating to galaxy-wide ...

Pancras, PJ

Working name of Pamela Pancras (1966-    ) and Jeroen Pancras (1969-    ), a Dutch couple of genre interest for their Planet Paradroid series, projected as a trilogy, although with the publication of the prequel novella Death Space (2019), this appears to already be approaching at least four parts. / The namesake first volume, Planet Paradroid (2015; trans Grayson Bray Morris 2017) was published in Dutch as by Firma Tacker & Tape, but in English ...

Furey, Maggie

(1955-    ) UK teacher and author, now living in Ireland, whose genre novels are chiefly Fantasy, beginning with Aurian (1994) and continuing with further tales in the Aurian: Artefacts of Power sequence [see Checklist below]. Her sf contributions comprise two short Young Adult novels set in the Cyberspace Shared World of The Web, being Sorceress (1998) and Spindrift (1998). [DRL]

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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