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Duble, Kathleen Benner

(1958-    ) US author for Young Adult audiences, whose only book of strong sf interest is her first, Bridging Beyond (2002), in which "genetic memories" generated by her great-grandmother afflict a teenage girl. [JC]

Wallach, Tommy

(?   -    ) US author of Young Adult novels whose We All Looked Up (2015) understands a potential Earth-shattering Disaster – a vast Asteroid on collision course with the planet – in terms of the life decisions the four young protagonists of the tale must now face. In Thanks for the Trouble (2016), which is adroitly couched as a ...

Who, The

Highly regarded UK rock band, formed in 1964 by guitarist and songwriter Peter Townshend (1945-    ), vocalist Roger Daltrey (1944-    ), bassist John Entwhistle (1944-2002) and drummer Keith Moon (1946-1978). The Who's blues and rock grounding is evident in a range of skilfully noisy and slyly affecting songs about teenage disaffection, some of the most enduring in the rock-and-roll canon. But Townshend's ambition from an early stage was to write ...

Botten, Bill

(1935-    ) UK artist, originally a graphic designer; he then worked as an art director for Sphere Books before turning freelance, at least half of this work – over 100 covers – being for the publisher Jonathan Cape, mostly in the 1970s and early 1980s. His covers for Cape in particular were brightly coloured, sophisticated highly imaginative, and were sometimes infused with surrealistic humour. Noteworthy instances of his approach include his cover for John T ...

Heine, Irving

(?   -    ) Unidentified and perhaps pseudonymous author (probably UK) whose only book credit is for Dimension of Illion (1955). Heine was long thought to be one of the many Pseudonyms of Denis Hughes, who however denied this when interviewed by Steve Holland. [SH/DRL] see also: ...

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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