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Rose, Malcolm

(1953-    ) UK chemist and author of Young Adult fiction who may be best known for the Lawless and Tilley series of crime novels (not listed below) which, although the investigators are scientifically literate, is not sf. His first novels, which tend to focus on various Disasters, are of genre interest: The Obtuse Experiment (1993) is a thriller set in the Near Future; Circle of Nightmares (1997) is horror with sf elements; and Plague (2000) traces the course of a ...

Miller, Frank

(1957-    ) US Comic-book writer and artist, with a distinctive fragmented narrative technique; also film scriptwriter and director. During 1979-1985 Miller worked on Marvel Comics's Daredevil, producing work that was later re-released in three collections: Child's Play (graph coll 1988), Marked for Death (graph coll 1990) and Gang War (graph coll 1992). He then produced two apocalyptic dramas for DC Comics: Ronin (1983-1984; graph 1987) and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns ...

Stoppard, Tom

Working name of Czech-born playwright and screenwriter Tomáš Straussler (1937-    ), in the UK since 1946, the Stoppard surname being acquired from his stepfather when his widowed mother remarried in 1945. His early dramatic work was characterized by extravagant wit and wordplay, and an Absurdist application of logic to surreal or insane situations. Following the broadcast of several Radio plays, his Theatre debut was Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead ...

Hendrix, Jimi

(1942-1970) US singer and performer, acclaimed by many as the most gifted guitarist ever captured on recording. After mixed success on the American circuit Hendrix came to London in 1966 and formed "The Jimi Hendrix Experience", whose blend of rock, blues, psychedelia and Hendrix's inspired guitar soloing established his reputation. Science fiction was always an important influence upon Hendrix's spacey, futuristic sound – for example the title of his second single, "Purple Haze" (1967), ...

McMullan, Thomas

(?   -    ) Scottish teacher, journalist and author resident in England. The protagonist of his first novel, The Last Good Man (2020), which is set in the Near Future after a pervasive Pandemic-like planetary Disaster, escapes a disintegrating City to visit the remote village where his cousin lives. Impossibly placid and twee, the place seems to exist in an ontological Zone dissevered from the rest of the world; but peace is maintained through repeated rituals ...

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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