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House Names

Floating Pseudonyms invented by a publishing company and regularly made available to or imposed upon its authors. They were usually created to protect a literary or intellectual property owned by the publisher and to which various writers contributed. One of the earliest was "Noname" employed by the publisher Frank Tousey on the Frank Reade and Frank Reade, Jr series of dime novels. The use of house names became particularly prominent when the single-character hero Pulps proved popular, ...

Knoblock, Edward

(1874-1945) US-born playwright and author born Knoblauch; in UK from 1897, changing his name to Knoblock in 1916 when he became a British citizen; during World War One he served in the intelligence service. Most of his plays were nonfantastic, including collaborations with other authors like Arnold Bennett and J B Priestley, though his most popular drama, Kismet: An "Arabian Night" in Three Acts (performed 19 April 1911 Garrick Theatre, London; 1911), is an Arabian Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia ...

Hogan, James P

(1941-2010) UK-born systems-design engineer and author, in the USA from 1977 and latterly in Ireland; he was a full-time author from 1979. His first novel (and first publication), Inherit the Stars (1977), aroused interest for the exhilarating sense it conveys of scientific minds at work on real problems and for the genuinely exciting scope of the sf imagination it deploys. The book turned out to be the first volume in the Minervan Experiment/Giants sequence, being followed by The Gentle Giants ...

Griffith, Nicola

(1960-    ) UK author resident in the US from 1989; married to Kelley Eskridge. She began publishing work of genre interest with "An Other Winter's Tale" for Network in Autumn 1987, and attracted wide attention with her first novel, Ammonite (1993), a late and sophisticated traversal of the themes – and the venues through which those themes have typically been expressed – of Feminism in sf. Her female protagonist, who is both agent and victim of an interstellar, ...

Wesso, H W

Working name of German-born American artist Hans Waldemar Wessolowski (1894-1948), sometimes credited solely as Wesso. He completed his education at the Berlin Royal Academy before moving to America in 1914, and was soon doing covers and interior illustrations for a variety of Pulp magazines. He began his sf career by doing a few covers for Amazing Stories and Amazing Stories Quarterly after Hugo Gernsback's departure in 1929, but he was best known for painting all of the covers for the issues ...

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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