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Cipri, Nino

(?   -    ) US author who has also written as by Nicole Cipri; they began to publish work of genre interest with "A Silly Love Story" in Daily Science Fiction for September 2012 as by Nicole Cipri, a tale assembled with other early work in Homesick (coll 2019), which includes several stories where gender and Sex in general are assayed through supernatural modes. They are of specific sf interest for their Satirical Finna sequence opening with Finna (2020), set ...

Tate, Peter

(1940-    ) Welsh journalist and author who began publishing sf with "The Post-Mortem People" for New Worlds in 1966 (vt "Beyond the Weeds" in SF 12, anth 1968, ed Judith Merril); this was assembled with his other short fiction as Seagulls under Glass and Other Stories (coll 1975). His first novel, The Thinking Seat (1969), began a loose sequence of tales featuring the charismatic and guru-like Simeon, followed by Moon on an Iron Meadow (1974) and Faces in the Flames (1976). ...

Gorman, Ed

(1941-2016) US author, principally of crime, western and horror fiction, in which fields his reputation was high. He was active in Fandom in the 1950s and 1960s, in the latter decade publishing the Fanzine Ciln. His principal contribution to sf was his co-authorship as Richard Driscoll of the Star Precinct trilogy with Kevin D Randle; this opens with Star Precinct (1992) and centres on a city-sized Space Station. His excursions into Horror in SF include "Cages" (in The Earth Strikes Back: New ...

Hatton, Joseph

(1837-1907) UK journalist and author, active from 1861 in a variety of modes; of genre interest is The Park Lane Mystery: A Story of Love and Magic (1887), which contains supernatural elements, and The White King of Manoa (1890; vt The White King of Manoa: An Anglo-Spanish Romance 1899), a Lost Race romance in which a member of Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition to the Orinoco discovers an Incan land, in whose capital, the Golden City of Manoa or El Dorado, he finds and weds the king's daughter. ...

Jonbar Point

Term occasionally used in sf criticism for a crucial forking-place in Time, whose manipulation via Time Travel can radically affect the future that follows. "Jonbar hinge" has also been used synonymously. The name derives from Jack Williamson's The Legion of Time (May-July 1938 Astounding; rev 1952), which deals with Changewar between the potential future empires of Jonbar (good) and Gyronchi (bad). The former is named for the character John Barr: the fiercely contested jonbar point is the ...

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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