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Griffiths, David Arthur

(circa 1918-?   ) UK author whose obscurity is only marginally lessened by the knowledge that, while working for Curtis Warren, he invited E C Tubb to write his first novels. Under the Pseudonym David Shaw, Griffiths wrote Laboratory "X" (1950), Planet Federation (1950) and Space Men (1951); under the House Name Gill Hunt he wrote Vega (1951) and Fission (1952); and under the House Name King Lang he wrote Gyrator Control (1951), Astro-Race (1951), Task Flight (1951), Rocket ...

Fast, Howard

(1914-2003) US author best known for his work outside the sf field: historical novels under his own name, and detective novels and thrillers as by E V Cunningham. The Unvanquished (1942) and Spartacus (1951), both signed with his own name, remain perhaps his most familiar titles. He began publishing sf with "Wrath of the Purple" for Amazing in October 1932, about a blob (see Biology) whose growth is unstoppable (for a while), but did not actively produce sf until the later 1950s, when he ...

Bangs, Elly

(1986-    ) US playwright and author, first active as by Elliott Bangs, their first play being "Magnified and Sanctified" (first performed 2004 FringeACT Festival, Seattle), in which the ending of the Cold War leads possibly to a new apocalypse. Their first novel, The Loiterers (2011) as by Elliott Bangs, complexly describes in Young Adult terms a Near Future Dystopian America transmogrified into a single deeply Polluted continent-spanning City, whose inhabitants live in the ...

Naha, Ed

(1950-    ) US author and journalist, at one time the Los Angeles-based movie correspondent for the New York Post; between July 1986 and September 1990 he ran the regular movie and television Nahallywood column in Science Fiction Chronicle. His nonfiction books, aimed at a popular market, include: Horrors – From Screen to Scream (1975); The Science Fictionary: An A-Z Guide to the World of SF Authors, Films and TV Shows (1980), a small, selective encyclopedia that is ...

Katō Naoyuki

(1952-    ) Japanese artist whose name is sometimes romanized as Naoyuki Katoh; of interest largely for book covers and internal Illustration. He has exerted a strong influence on sf's self-perception in Japan, both within prose fiction and in the related fields of Anime and Manga. Katō became active in fandom while still a student at the Chiyoda Design Academy, subsequently becoming one of the founder members of the art company Studio Nue (see Haruka Takachiho). / ...

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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