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Casper, Susan

(1947-2017) US editor and author, married to Gardner Dozois until her death. She began publishing sf with "Spring-Fingered Jack" for Fears (anth 1983) edited by Charles Grant. Her fiction in collaboration with Dozois is assembled in Slow Dancing through Time (coll 1990), which includes one collaboration with both Dozois and Jack M Dann. These stories are also included in Up the Rainbow: The Complete Short Fiction of Susan Casper (coll 2017) edited by her husband, most of them Dark Fantasy [see ...

Marley, Stephen

(1946-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with Spirit Mirror (1988), opening the Chia Black Dragon trio of dark fantasies set in old China. Of direct sf interest are his Ties to the Comics universe of Judge Dredd, these being Judge Dredd: Dreddlocked (1993) and Judge Dredd: Dread Dominion (1994). Another tie, to the Doctor Who universe, is Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures: Managra (1995). Marley has also worked in Videogame design. [DRL]

Sullivan, Philip A

(1882-?   ) US lawyer and author of a Utopia, Man Finds the Way (1939), in which the power of Religion, through the founding of the United States of the World, leads to universal peace. [JC]

Wold Newton Family

A literary conceit or retrospective Shared World devised by Philip José Farmer as what might be called a Grand Unified Theory of numerous fictional characters, several of them Icons and/or Superheroes. The premise is that the real-world meteorite that fell near Wold Newton, Yorkshire, in December 1795 was a source of Mutant-engendering radiation. Affected women's descendants, gifted with unusual strength and Intelligence, supposedly include Doc Savage, Sherlock Holmes and Tarzan (who ...

Passingham, W J

(1897-1957) UK journalist who wrote several science-fiction serials for the popular weeklies in the 1930s, none of which was reprinted in book form. Passingham's interest in the progress of science was evident from several articles he wrote for London weekly papers such as "Today's Sky-Baby May be Tomorrow's Flying Giant" (18 January 1936 The Passing Show), which profiled the early Rockets pioneers Max Valier and Robert H Goddard (1882-1945). His's first serial was "The Broadcast Murders" (29 ...

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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