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Hanshew, Mary E

(1852-1927) US-born author – later in the UK – of some detective thrillers including The Frozen Flame (April-July Short Stories as "The Riddle of the Frozen Flame"; 1920; vt The Riddle of the Frozen Flame 1920) with her husband T W Hanshew, in the Riddle/Hamilton Cleek sequence of thrillers, almost entirely without fantastic content (but see her husband's for further details of the Hamilton Cleek character and his minor Superpower); here the apparently supernatural "frozen flame" ...

Fellows, Oscar L

(1943-    ) US author of a Technothriller, Operation Damocles (1998), which edges into sf with its description of a very Near Future orbital superweapon. [JC]

Collins, Robert A

(1929-2009) US scholar of science fiction who founded the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (1980-current), and edited various critical magazines and anthologies. His first published work was Thomas Burnett Swann: A Brief Critical Biography and Annotated Bibliography (1979 chap) (see Thomas Burnett Swann). The magazines include Fantasy Review (2) for some years from 1981, SFRA Newsletter (1987-1989) and Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (from 1988). His anthologies are ...

Roberts, Keith

(1935-2000) UK author and illustrator long resident in the south of England, where most of his best fiction was set. After working as an illustrator and cartoon animator, he began publishing sf with "Anita" and "Escapism" in the same issue of Science Fantasy, September/October 1964; several of his early stories were written as by Alistair Bevan. He served as associate editor of Science Fantasy 1965-1966 and edited its successor SF Impulse for the whole of its run (March 1966-February 1967). His ...

Greenlee, Sam

(1930-2014) US author in whose Near-Future sf novel, The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1969), a Black man becomes second-in-command in the CIA, where he is the agency's eponymous token spook (a word which here does double duty as racial slur and slang for intelligence agent). He quits to organize Black uprisings in the Cities all across a diseased, racist America, making use of everything he has learned from his years as an Uncle Tom in the CIA. The book was filmed to Greenlee's script as The ...

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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