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Thompson, Ray

(?   -    ) UK author of an Young Adult sf novel, Ayron IV (1975), whose young protagonists, roaming across the eponymous planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds), find vehicular tracks that signal an Alien presence; and so it turns it out. Lessons in Xenobiology and Ecology are learned. [JC]

Wingrove, David

(1954-    ) UK critic and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Photographs" in Focus for Spring 1980, though he has written very little short fiction since, some of it as by Fara Jackson. His career has broken into two logical sequences. Initially he concentrated on critical work, the earliest significant example of which – The Immortals of Science Fiction (1980) – was printed but never officially released, due to the bankruptcy of its ...

Searles, Baird

(1934-1993) US bookshop proprietor and author who co-edited the 1975 critical journal The Science Fiction Review (Monthly) and published several nonfiction works on sf and fantasy, beginning with Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (1975 chap) for Cliffs Notes and continuing with The Science Fiction Quizbook (1976) with Martin Last (1929-2006), composed at a time when Genre SF was still compact enough to compass in this fashion; A Reader's Guide to Science Fiction (1979) with Last, Michael ...

Turner, Joan Frances

(?   -    ) US author, possibly pseudonymous, of the Young Adult Resurgam Trilogy beginning with Dust (2010) involving the tense and complicated relationships between norman humans and Zombies. The tale is mostly told from the viewpoint of the latter cohort. [JC]

Cameron, Kenneth M

(1931-    ) US author of two unremarkable sf thrillers, Power Play (1979) under his own name and The Sunset Gun (1983) as by George Bartram; both are set in the Near Future, the latter features the eponymous deadly Weapon. [JC]

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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