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Bridgeman, Amanda

(?   -    ) Australian author whose Aurora sequence beginning with Darwin (2013 ebook) is set in a moderately distant Near Future galaxy, into which Homo sapiens is edgily expanding. In the first volume, a human force (see Military SF) must explore a mysterious abandoned Space Station, a mission complicated by a passel of new recruits, who must learn to live with veterans, some of whom have difficulty adjusting to women soldiers (see Clichés; Feminism; ...

Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop

This long-standing US workshop enrols beginning writers who are interested in writing sf. It consists of intensive writing and discussion sessions under the direction of known sf writers, who have included Orson Scott Card, Terry Carr, Samuel Delany, Thomas M Disch, Harlan Ellison, Karen Joy Fowler, John Kessel, Damon Knight, Nancy Kress, Margo Lanagan, George R R Martin, Ursula K Le Guin, Tim Powers, Lewis Shiner and Kate Wilhelm. The first three sessions were held at Clarion State College in ...

Arch, E L

The pseudonym (an anagram of her first name) under which Rachel Ruth Cosgrove Payes (1922-1998), originally a research biologist, published her sf; though her first novel, a contribution to the Oz world, Hidden Valley of Oz (1951), appeared as by Rachel R Cosgrove (see Sequels by Other Hands), and her last, The Wicked Witch of Oz (1993) as by Rachel Cosgrove Payes; as well, in her later years she wrote short fiction as Rachel C Payes. Her sf, from Bridge to Yesterday (1963) onwards, constituted ...

Diffin, Charles W

(1884-1966) US engineer, airplane salesman and author who graduated with a degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Buffalo, New York. He was most active with the magazines published by William Clayton and Street & Smith. He was one of the better writers whom Harry Bates encouraged to write for the new Astounding Stories (see Astounding), though he rapidly descended into formulaic fiction. His first, "Spawn of the Stars" (February 1930 Astounding), has Earth invaded by ...

Bizarre! Mystery Magazine

US Digest-size magazine. Three issues (October and November 1965, January 1966), published by Pamar Enterprises, edited by John Poe. Bizarre! Mystery Magazine had a strong horror/sf element overriding the ostensible mystery content, and included reprint work by Pierre Boulle and new stories by Arthur C Clarke, Avram Davidson, Thomas M Disch, James H Schmitz and John T Sladek – his fiction debut "The Way to a Man's Heart" (January 1966), with Disch. It also contained a long-overlooked ...

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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