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Bujold, Lois McMaster

(1949-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Barter" for Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine, March/April 1985. Almost all her published sf work is part of a loose series of often humorous adventures set in a future of feuding galactic colonies connected by Faster-than-Light "Wormhole jumps". Most of these stories feature members of the Vorkosigan family, part of an elite military caste from the planet Barrayar, recently rediscovered by galactic civilization ...

Leiber, Justin

(1938-2016) US academic philosopher from 1962 at various universities and author, son of Fritz Leiber; he used sf as a medium for speculation in his field of interest, the philosophy of the mind. Thus his first novel, Beyond Rejection (1980), which begins the Beyond sequence, deals in considerable detail with the problems of acclimatization associated with transplanting the recorded mind of a man into the body of a woman (see Identity Transfer) who incidentally has a prehensile tail, a physical ...

MacLeod, Angus

(1906-1978) Scottish author of fiction and plays for Radio. His sf novels are The Body's Guest (1958), in which a yoga machine built by an Indian physicist switches identities (see Identity Exchange) between nine Scots and a bull, with mildly amusing results, and The Eighth Seal (1962), set on a Scottish Island where a Mad Scientist is involved in a scheme to leucotomize the human race, whether in order to save or to damn it being unclear. [JC/PN]

Van Beverhoudt, O

(1871-?   ) US author in whose Melzar: A Tale of the Jericho Road (1913) a Lost Race is discovered in the deserts of northern Africa. [JC]

Drago, Ty

Working name of US author Anthony Charles Drago Jr (1960-    ) who began to publish work of genre interest with "Childspell" for Haunts in 1992. He founded the Online Magazine Allegory (formerly known as Peridot Books) in 1998. His Near Future near-space tale, Phobos (2003), interweaves scientific intrigue on the eponymous Moon of Mars and mounting political strife between the Mars Colony and Earth. The Undertakers, starting with Rise of the Corpses (2011) is a Young Adult ...

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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