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Rose, Lloyd

(?   -    ) US scriptwriter for and author of three Ties to the Doctor Who universe: two in the Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor sequence, Doctor Who: Eighth Doctor: The City of the Dead (2001) and Doctor Who: Eighth Doctor: Camera Obscura (2002); plus Doctor Who: Past Doctors: The Algebra of Ice (2004). Rose's statement that her real name is Sarah Tonyn is understood to be a pun on serotonin. [JC]

FTL

Initialism, often employed in sf Terminology, for Faster Than Light – as for example in FTL Spaceship. Fritz Leiber's use of the term in "The Enchanted Forest" (October 1950 Astounding) may be the first printed appearance. [DRL] see also: Sublight. /

Thiessen, J Grant

(1947-    ) Canadian book dealer and bibliographer, editor of The Science-Fiction Collector, whose individual issues he later assembled as The Science Fiction Collector, Volume 1 (anth 1980), containing issues 1-6, The Science Fiction Collector, Volume 2 (anth 1981), containing issues 7-10 and The Science Fiction Collector, Volume 3 (anth 1981), containing issues 11-14. The three volumes have proved a valuable resource for sf Bibliography ever since. Using his bookshop, ...

Gentle, Mary

(1956-    ) UK author who began publishing with a fantasy for young adults, A Hawk in Silver (1977; rev 1985), and who came to general notice with her Orthe sequence – Golden Witchbreed (1983) and Ancient Light (1987), both assembled, with a linked story, as Orthe: Chronicles of Carrick V (omni 2002) – which, despite the fantasy ring of the first title, is sf. The protagonist of both volumes, a woman diplomat/entrepreneur in the complexly defined employ of an ...

Moore, F Frankfort

(1855-1931) Irish author, some of whose work contains supernatural elements. Novels of sf interest include The Secret of the Court: A Romance of Life and Death (1895), in which a vast Underground complex is discovered beneath contemporary Egypt, home of the remnants of an ancient Lost Race whose high Technology is now lost, though the secret of reviving the dead is recovered; Dr Koomadhi of Ashantee (1906), whose protagonist enters into deadly Communication with a race of apes (see Apes as ...

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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