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Lo, Malinda

(1974-    ) Chinese-born journalist and author, in USA from early childhood, active online, writing for, from about 2003. Her first series, the Ash sequence beginning with Ash (2009), is fantasy, turning on a reworking of the Cinderella story as a lesbian romance; the second volume, Huntress (2011), is a prequel set in Faerie [for Cinderella, Faerie and Twice-Told see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. / Lo is of sf interest for her second ...

Armytage, W H G

(1915-1998) South-African born author and professor of education, in the UK from well before World War Two; he published several articles with an sf focus in journals such as Extrapolation and Riverside Quarterly. Of interest to sf readers among his fourteen books is Yesterday's Tomorrows: A Historical Survey of Future Societies (1968). Primarily concerned with literary versions of the shape the future may take, it assembles its materials mainly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ...

Marshak, Sondra

(1942-    ) US author who was associated with Star Trek from the early 1970s into the 1980s, moving from fan activities into Star Trek Ties and commentaries (see Star Trek). Marshak began with Star Trek Lives! (1975) with Jacqueline Lichtenberg and Joan Winston, moving on to Star Trek: The New Voyages (anth 1976) with Myrna Culbreath and its direct sequel, Star Trek: The New Voyages 2 (anth 1978), also with Culbreath, two enthusiastic but patchy compilations of short fiction ...

Peek, Ben

(1976-    ) Australian author whose first work, The Enigma Variant (1999 chap) with Chris Mowbray is horror. He began publishing work of wider genre interest with "Cigarettes and Roses" in Passing Strange: A New Anthology of Australian Speculative Fiction (anth 2002) edited by Bill Congreve; further short stories have been assembled as Dead Americans and Other Stories (coll 2014). Of specific sf interest is his first novel, Black Sheep (2007), set in a distant Near Future ...


Film (1970; vt Big Foot). Ellman Film Enterprises. Produced by Anthony Cardoza. Directed by Robert F Slatzer. Written by Slatzer from an original story by Slatzer and James Gordon White. Cast includes John Carradine, Lindsay Crosby, Judy Jordan, Joi Lansing, Christopher Mitchum and John Mitchum. 84 minutes. Colour. / Near a small town in northern California, Rick (Christopher Mitchum) and his girlfriend Chris (Jordan) briefly encounter a motorcycle gang led by Wheels (Crosby) on their way ...

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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