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Wheeler, Ramona Louise

(1952-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Flavor of Fire" in Analog for September 1998, which was the first of her Ray and Rokey series, assembled as Have Starship, Will Travel (coll of linked stories 2000), Starship for Hire (coll of linked stories 2001) and A Chance to Remember (2003). featuring the interstellar Space Opera adventures of Ray (a starpilot who dislikes planets) and Rokey (a scholar). Many Alien civilizations are encountered. ...

Strauss, Erwin S

(1948-    ) US bibliographer active in Fandom, perhaps best known for a Fanzine published by him in various formats and titles since 1968, from 1979 to date as The Connection; as a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Science Fiction Society, he compiled The Blackdex / The Bluedex (1965) with Marilyn Joyce Wisowaty, the basis for The MIT Science Fiction Society's Index to the S-F Magazines, 1951-1965 (1966), a Bibliography which covers the same years as Norman ...

Blish, James

(1921-1975) US author whose early career in sf followed a pattern typical of the generation whose early careers coincided with World War Two. He became involved in sf Fandom during the 1930s, and was an early member of the well-known New York fan group the Futurians, where he became friendly with such writers as Damon Knight and C M Kornbluth. His first short story, "Emergency Refueling", was published in Super Science Stories for March 1940. He studied microbiology at Rutgers, graduating in ...

Marker, Chris

(1921-2012) Professional pseudonym of French filmmaker Christian Bouche-Villeneuve, a major figure in the Cinema of the Nouvelle Vague and beyond. Essentially a documentarist, but of a radically exploratory kind, he is primarily celebrated outside France for three interreferenced works, sometimes regarded as a thematic trilogy: the short sf film La Jetée, (made in 1962 and shown widely at festivals the following year before its official French release in April 1964), his sole work of ...

Axler, James

A House Name used by the Gold Eagle Books division of Harlequin Enterprises Ltd – Harlequin also published the Laser Books series in the 1970s – for various series, three of them of sf interest, two of these being extremely long. Deathlands (over 120 volumes) begins as a Ruined Earth sequence set 100 years after nuclear war has terminated civilization in 2001 in a Holocaust, initiating a Nuclear Winter known afterwards as Skydark, with Survivalist Fiction tropes dominating, plus ...

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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