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Frame, Janet

(1924-2004) New Zealand author, best known for her non-fantastic work; some of her stories – especially those assembled in Snowman, Snowman: Fables and Fantasies (coll 1963) and You Are Now Entering the Human Heart (coll 1983) – are fantasy. The most intense of her several novels explore the world through the telling Perceptions of protagonists categorized as psychiatrically disturbed, situations frequently described in terms that utilize the languages of the fantastic, though ...

Busch, Niven

(1903-1991) US screenwriter and author, active in Hollywood from the early 1930s and best known as a writer for the effectively erotized, soon-filmed Western Duel in the Sun (1944); he is of sf interest for The Titan Game (1989), a Technothriller set in the very Near Future; the tale's protagonist, unwilling inheritor of his father's Weapons industry, becomes embroiled in intrigue and violence as the killer Robot his father had created becomes increasingly desired by "defense" industries on all ...

Cousins, E G

(1893-1996) Chinese-born author, in UK from an early age, mostly of detective fiction in the 1950s; his Near Future tale, "I Will Not Cease" (1933), depicts an England confusedly caught in the trammels of a savage war. [JC]

Evans, Arthur B

(1948-    ) US academic and critic, professor of French in the modern languages department at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana; also known as Art Evans. He has written extensively and illuminatingly about Jules Verne in Jules Verne Rediscovered: Didacticism and the Scientific Novel (1988) – which won the Eaton Award – and in shorter essays for Science Fiction Studies, Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction, Extrapolation, and notes and bibliographies ...

Advent: Publishers

Chicago-based specialist publishing house, founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp and other sf fan members of the University of Chicago Science Fiction Club. The focus of Advent:Publishers was on critical and bibliographical material, together with works relating to Fandom. Its first book was Damon Knight's In Search of Wonder (coll 1956; exp 1967; exp 1996). Other notable critical volumes are James Blish's two collections of incisive essays The Issue at Hand (coll 1964) and More Issues at Hand (coll ...

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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