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Speller, Maureen Kincaid

Working name of UK editor and critic Maureen Speller (1959-    ) who has also written as Speller, and as Maureen Porter and Maureen Speller Kincaid; partner of Paul Kincaid since 1986 (married 1993). Initially as Maureen Porter, she has been active since about 1980 in UK Fandom and as a reviewer and essayist, her work appearing widely in various journals including Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction, Interzone, Strange Horizons and the British Science Fiction ...

Thing

US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Norman H Kietzer. No editor named. One undated issue only, 1980. / This was an attempt by Kietzer of Serial World to enter the field of Monster Movie magazines with a product featuring articles on and photographs from Godzilla (1954), a filmbook of The Wolfman (1941) and coverage of similar productions. Clearly emulating Famous Monsters of Filmland, Kietzer had unfortunately delayed until the demand for such ...

Nielsen, Cliff

(?   -    ) American artist, frequently credited as Cliff Nielson, ex-husband of artist Terese Nielsen. He presumably met and married Terese Nielsen while they were both studying at Pasadena's noted Art Center College of Design, and they collaborated on the Marvel Comics miniseries Ruins (1995) before divorcing. Nielsen has since worked very energetically to produce large numbers of book covers, mostly for Young Adult sf and for books set in franchised ...

Bannister, Jo

(1951-    ) UK journalist and author, principally of crime fiction, long resident in Northern Ireland. She is of sf interest for her first three novels, all initially published by Robert Hale Limited: The Matrix (1981), a Far-Future Space Opera, and two adventures with a flavour of Planetary Romance: The Winter Plain (1982) and A Cactus Garden (1983). [DRL]

Ballou, Arthur

(1915-1981) US business consultant and author of two Young Adult sf novels: Marooned in Orbit (1968), which features a mission to save a disabled spaceship in lunar orbit; and Bound for Mars (1970), featuring some of the same characters as the previous novel, about a space mission endangered by one of its crew after its leaves a Space Station en route to Mars. [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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