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Bear, Greg

Working name of US author Gregory Dale Bear (1951-2022), son-in-law of Poul Anderson. He began publishing work of genre interest with "Destroyers" in Famous Science Fiction for Winter 1967, and became a full-time writer in 1975. His first stories and novels were auspicious but not perhaps remarkably so; his early work did not hint at all strongly that he would become one of the dominant writers of the 1980s. Between ...


UK Fanzine (1996-2011). The name is a computer acronym, "Press Lots Of Keys To Abort"; the fanzine, subtitled "The Journal of Superfluous Technology", was edited and published by the "Plokta Cabal" comprising Alison Scott, Steve Davies, Mike Scott alias Dr Plokta, Sue Mason, Giulia de Cesare, Steven Cain and – more recently – Marianne Cain, Jonathan Cain, and Flick Christian. Plokta was nominated nine times for the Best Fanzine ...

Bond, Larry

(1951-    ) US author whose Technothrillers hover at the far edge of the present, and could be deemed military/political sf, though their interest (as with most technothrillers) lies not in extrapolation for its own sake but – through carefully hedged assertions about the state of the world later the same day – in their speculations about current events. His first novel, Red Storm Rising (1985) with Tom ...

Wallis, Dave

(1917-1990) UK teacher (after serving with the Royal Signals during World War Two) and author of four novels. Only one is sf: the near-future Dystopian fantasy Only Lovers Left Alive (1964), in which the mass suicide of the adult population leaves teenagers on their own in what rapidly becomes an anarchic UK. The book expressed contemporary Paranoia about scooter gangs, adolescent violence, teen ...

Rowe, Patricia

(?   -    ) US author of the Prehistoric SF Keepers of the Misty Time sequence comprising Keepers of the Misty Time (1994) and Children of the Dawn (1996); at a time of profound change, the young protagonist, with her male partner, embark on a pilgrimage to save their people, and do so. [JC]

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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