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Griffith, Nicola

(1960-    ) UK author resident in the US from 1989; married to Kelley Eskridge. She began publishing work of genre interest with "An Other Winter's Tale" for Network in Autumn 1987, and attracted wide attention with her first novel, Ammonite (1993), a late and sophisticated traversal of the themes – and the venues through which those themes have typically been expressed – of Feminism in sf. Her female protagonist, who is both agent and victim of an interstellar, ...

Anderson, Maxwell

(1888-1959) US journalist, teacher, screenwriter and playwright, active from around 1910, his first play "White Desert" being performed in 1923; he frequently espoused pacifist arguments in his work, and gained perhaps a reputation for steely intransigence that the plays themselves, which combine the homely and the sonorous (occasionally in blank verse), did not entirely warrant. He wrote the script for one fantasy film, Death Takes a Holiday (1934) directed by Mitchell Leisen, in which the ...

Sudak, Eunice

(1926-    ) US author of over twenty books since the early 1960s, many of them film novelizations. Her Ties include Tales of Terror (1962), from Richard Matheson's adaptation of three Edgar Allan Poe stories as the script for Tales of Terror (1962), directed by Roger Corman; The Raven (1963) adapts another Poe/Matheson/Corman venture, The Raven (1963). One novelization of direct sf interest is X (1963), based on Corman's X – The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963). ...

McKillip, Patricia A

(1948-2022) US author whose early books were all fantasy, mostly for children. These showed an increasing assurance (and appeared to be for increasingly older children) from The House on Parchment Street (1973) through to The Throme of the Erril of Sherill (1973 chap; exp as coll with "The Harrowing of the Dragon of Hoarsbreath" [in Elsewhere 2, anth 1982, ed Terri Windling and Mark Allan Arnold] 1984) and The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (1974) – the last winning a World Fantasy Award for ...

Richter, Eugen

(1838-1906) German politician and author, who opposed nineteenth century German antisemitism with vigour and eloquence, and as a liberal opposed the government of Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898). Of sf interest is Sozialdemokratische Zukunftsbilder: frei nach Bebel (1891; trans Henry Wright as Pictures of the Socialistic Future (Freely Adapted from Bebel);vt Pictures of the Future: An Experiment in a Modern Social World and What Came of it 1894), a Near Future Satire depicting the ruinous ...

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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