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Broun, Bill

(?   -    ) US journalist, editor and author whose first novel, Night of the Animals (2016), is set in a Near Future Dystopian London which has suffered most of the ills the twenty-first century has been able to inflict by the year 2052: demoralized by top-down economic paralysis, trapped in a surveillance-obsessed spam-choked Media Landscape that a weak (but tyrannical) monarchy cannot control, Britain is gripped by an end-times desolation (see End of the ...

West, Rebecca

Pseudonym of UK journalist and author Cicily Isabel Fairfield Andrews (1892-1983), H G Wells's partner 1913-1923; she also wrote as by Lynx. She began to publish her astute and polemical nonfiction around 1911; her first novel, The Return of the Soldier (1918), which stretches its nonfantastic mode to the limit, stands as a very early response to the profound trauma of World War One. The soldier, who is a victim of shell shock, manifests his deep disorder through Amnesia, and remembers nothing ...

May, Julian

(1931-2017) US editor and author, active in US Fandom in the 1940s and early 1950s; married to T E Dikty from 1953 to his death in 1991, founding with him Publication Associates in 1957 (see his entry for this and later enterprises); he also served as editor and agent for all her mature work. She began publishing sf with "Dune Roller" for Astounding in December 1951, a frequently anthologized story that was dramatized for the Television series Tales of Tomorrow (1951-1953) and filmed as The ...

El-Mohtar, Amal

(1984-    ) Canadian author, poet and editor who first began to publish work of genre interest with "The Crow's Caw" in Shimmer magazine for Summer 2006. She co-edited the online genre Poetry magazine Goblin Fruit (eight issues, 2008-2016), initially with Jessica P Wick and latterly with Caitlin Paxson. The Honey Month (coll 2010 chap) assembles honey-themed tales and verse, including one of her three Rhysling Award-winning poems. / El-Mohtar's short fantasy fiction has ...

Vonarburg, Élisabeth

(1947-    ) French-born Canadian teacher, editor, critic and author, in Québec from 1973, naturalized 1976. She was fiction editor 1979-1990 and editor 1983-1985 of Solaris; and began publishing sf with "Marée haute" for Requiem in 1978; the tale appeared as "High Tide" in Twenty Houses of the Zodiac (anth 1979) edited by Maxim Jakubowski. Many of her stories (some award-winning) have been assembled as L'Oeil de la nuit ["The Eye of Night"] (coll 1980) and ...

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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