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Rostant, Larry

(?   -    ) British artist; little is known about his life except for what he has reported in interviews. Rostant earned a college degree in graphic design and initially worked in advertising before shifting to book covers; he is one of the new breed of artists who rely on Photoshop to create images that combine art and photography, providing the sharp, intense look that some have described as hyperrealism, though his early covers did not employ this approach. ...

Bluejay Books

US publishing house founded by James R Frenkel, who had previously been the editor of Dell's sf line. Bluejay Books began publishing in 1983, its books being distributed by St Martin's Press. Among its titles were Gardner Dozois's best-of-the-year anthologies (see Anthologies), books by Frenkel's wife Joan D Vinge, Dan Simmons's first novel Song of Kali (1985), Patti Perret's book of photographic studies The Faces of Science Fiction (1984) and Greg Bear's Eon (1985). Other authors included Jack ...

Hasson, James

(?   -    ) French-born author long in the UK, in whose Bid Time Return (1960) a cancer researcher (see Medicine) discovers the dangerous secret of Rejuvenation. The novel does not focus on realistic consequences. [JC]

Layne, Steven L

(1965-    ) US author whose Thomas's Sheep sequence, comprising Thomas's Sheep and the Great Geography Test (1998) and Thomas's Sheep and the Spectacular Science Project (2004), is Science Fantasy for younger readers; the Paradise sequence comprising This Side of Paradise (2005) and Paradise Lost (2010) is set in an ominous company town called Paradise. The Young Adult Mergers (2006) set in a racially uniform Dystopia from which four protagonists escape into the past (see ...

Platts, W Carter

(1864-1944) UK author whose spoof sf collection, Up-To-To-Morrow; Or, Mr Chumson's Experiments (coll of linked stories 1903), depicts a series of Inventions, most of them sf, and their comical failure. [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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