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Service, Robert W

(1874-1958) UK-born poet and author, in Canada (mostly in the Yukon Territory) between 1896 and 1912, where much of his exceedingly popular verse was set, the most famous of his collections being Songs of a Sourdough (coll 1907) and Rhymes of a Rolling Stone (coll 1912); the not entirely fortunate influence of his poetry – when read aloud, as usual – can still be registered in the sf Poetry of a century later. After 1912, Service lived in Europe. Of his several novels, The Master of ...

Zindell, David

(1952-    ) US author with a degree in mathematics who began publishing sf with "The Dreamer's Sleep" for Fantasy Book in December 1984. His career properly began, however, when he won the Writers of the Future Contest with "Shanidar" (in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, anth 1985, ed Algis Budrys), which was modified into the first part of his first novel, the long and remarkable Neverness (1988), the first instalment of the Neverness/Requiem for Homo Sapiens ...

Walker, Karen Thompson

(1980-    ) US creative writing instructor and author in whose first novel, the Young Adult The Age of Miracles (2012), a teenager awakens in a Near Future suburb to find that her inner turmoils are mirrored at a planetary level, with Earth slowing in orbit and Gravity suffering distortions, all of which puts her coming of age at risk. In Walker's second novel, The Dreamers (2019), a mysterious Pandemic puts adolescent girls into deep sleep, one by one, a state in which they ...

Ure, Jean

(1943-    ) UK author of a wide range of fiction for Young Adult readers, her active career beginning with the nonfantastic Dance for Two (1960) and continuing for well over half a century. Relatively little of her work is of sf interest, the main exception being the dark Plague 99 sequence comprising Plague 99 (1989; vt Plague 1991), Come Lucky April (1992; vt After the Plague 1995) and The Watchers at the Shrine (1994). In the first volume is set in a Near Future London ...

"Griff"

A House Name of Modern Publications, used by John Russell Fearn on the sf novel Liquid Death (1953) and on non-sf works by F Dubrez Fawcett. [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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