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Winawer, Melodie

(circa 1968-    ) US neurologist, research scientist and author whose first novel, The Scribe of Siena (2017) is a Timeslip tale whose protagonist, a neurosurgeon, is transported into fourteenth century Siena, her transposition triggered by the sight of her face on a painting by the (fictional) Gabriele Accorsi. It is just before the Black Death savagely afflicts the affluent, bustling City. Similarities with Connie Willis's Doomsday Book (1992) lessen as a romance between ...

Anderson, M T

(1968-    ) US author who has written almost exclusively for younger readers and the Young Adult audience; for the former market – in series like the Norumbegan Quartet, which is set partly in an Alternate World, and the spoofish Pals in Peril/Thrilling Tales [details in Checklist] – he has restricted himself to Fantasy. The Octavian Nothing series – comprising The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: The Pox Party (2006) and The ...

Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review Annual

Beginning with Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review Annual 1988 (dated 1988 but 1989) edited by Robert A Collins and Robert Latham – whose coverage is of 1987 – this series was an annual book spin-off from the defunct magazine Fantasy Review (folded August 1987). The book-review section of the magazine had been its strongest feature, and continues as the central feature of the annual, whose first edition published around 550 brief reviews (most reprinted, though individual ...

Mallett, Daryl F

(1969-    ) US bibliographer whose work, beginning in the early 1990s and often in collaboration with Robert Reginald, has been of growing significance for sf scholarship. Publications include the much-expanded second and third editions of Reginald's Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards: A Comprehensive Guide to the Awards and their Winners (1981; exp 1991; exp 1993) with Reginald, for which Mallett performed the essential updating tasks; and The Work of Jack Vance: An ...

Satifka, Erica L

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Automatic" in Clarkesworld for January 2007, set like much of her short work in a Dystopian urban Near Future populated by outlier figures, some of them modified humans, some of them artifacts. How to Get to Apocalypse and Other Disasters (coll 2021) generously represents this work. The protagonist of her first novel, Stay Crazy (2016), is a stocker in a desolate big-box superstore who ...

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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