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Smith, Evelyn E

(1922-2000) US crossword-puzzle compiler and author, who wrote at least five gothic romances as by Delphine C Lyons, some of which were supernatural; she began publishing sf with "Tea Tray in the Sky" in Galaxy for September 1952, and for about a decade published actively in the magazines; after about 1960 she appeared there only infrequently. For her crossword story "BAXBR/DAXBR" (in Time to Come, anth 1954, ed August Derleth; the two alien words should properly appear "crossed"), see Games ...

Voss Bark, Conrad

(1913-2000) UK journalist and author, a well-known parliamentary correspondent for the BBC; most of his fiction was nonfantastic, including the William Holmes thrillers about a troubleshooter for the British government [not listed]. His first novel, Sealed Entrance (1947) as C Voss-Bark, is a Lost Race tale set in the hinterlands of Albania. The Big Wave: The Day London Collapsed (1979) is set in Near Future London, which as the title indicates is destroyed through a Disaster; ten millions ...

Young, Suzanne

(1976-    ) US author of the A Need So Beautiful paranormal romance sequence beginning with A Need So Beautiful (2011) and the Young Adult Program sequence beginning with The Program (2013), which is set in a Near Future Dystopian America afflicted by an apparent virus that causes a hugh number of teenagers to commit suicide. The only preventative seems to be a Memory Edit designed to eliminate painful parts of the past; the young protagonist resists this, helped by the love ...

Lindsay, Jeffry P

Pseudonym of US author Jeffry P Freundlich (1952-    ) for fiction written in collaboration with his wife, Hilary Hemingway. These books include an sf thriller series comprising Dreamland (1995) and Dreamchild (1998), both with Hilary Hemingway, told in a UFO mode, featuring an Alien kept secret by the government, and a half-human child conceived during these proceedings; and Time Blender (1997) with Michael Dorn and Hilary Hemingway, in which a portal leads to another world ...

Archer, Lee

Ziff-Davis House Name used 1956-1957 on three stories in Amazing and Fantastic. "Escape Route" (March 1957 Amazing) is by Harlan Ellison. The authors of the others have not been identified, though "Peter Merton's Private Mint" (October 1956 Fantastic) has also, implausibly, been credited to Ellison. [PN/MA]

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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