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Welles, Orson

(1915-1985) US stage, screen and radio actor, screenwriter, producer and director; despite his intimate association with one of the most infamous events in the history of sf – as director and star of the notorious 1938 Radio play The War of the Worlds, roughly based on H G Wells's The War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson's; 1898) – he returned only intermittently to work in the genre. Yet so well remembered is the broadcast that his name continues to evoke the concept of ...

Reader, E E

(1847-1930) UK publisher's clerk and author of Priestess and Queen: A Tale of the White Race of Mexico: Being the Adventures of Ignigene and her Twenty-Six Fair Maidens (1899), a Prehistoric SF tale set in Mexico, during the time when a superior white civilization ruled the territory (see Race in SF). [JC]

Pieczenik, Steve R

(1943-    ) Cuban-born US author most of whose work of any genre interest has been contributed as Ties to the Tom Clancy's Net Force Shared World sequence of Near Future Technothrillers supervised by Tom Clancy, beginning with Net Force (1999) with Steve Perry; all books announced as collaborations with Clancy, but this has been disregarded in the Checklist below. Of his individual works, Blood Heat (1988) is a Near Future in which a manufactured Pandemic developed from the ...

Main, R Edward

(1937-    ) US author of a Young Adult tale, Maiden Voyager (2005), in which a sheltered teenager must try to find her lost father in the mysterious "void" via which interstellar travel is possible; inside the void, much is discovered. [JC]

Cadora, Karen

(1970-    ) US author and academic whose sf novel, Stardust Bound (1994), is set in a world dominated by the UniTech government, which has created a category of illegal activities called "science crime": such crimes include the practice of Astronomy. The lesbian protagonist is torn between love and astronomy in the Andes. An essay, "Feminist Cyberpunk" (November 1995 Science Fiction Studies) sharply delineates the "masculinist" nature of the mode in the 1980s, and ...

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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