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Home-Gall, Edward R

(1897-1974) UK author, son of William Benjamin Home-Gall; he was the most prolific of all authors of work for the Boys' Papers after Frank Richards (usual pseudonym of Charles Hamilton [1876-1961]), producing an estimated 35 million words; it is not known how much of his magazine work, much of it pseudonymous, was of sf interest. He was responsible for two Human Bat tales: The Human Bat; No 1 in the Series: "Caught in the Spider's Web" (1950) and The Human Bat v the Robot Gangster (1950), ...

Burton, Lloyd

(?1935-    ) South African author, who lived and worked in colonial Kenya in the 1950s and 1960s, various countries in the Middle East afterwards and since 1972 in Rhodesia; now back in South Africa. He started writing during his assignment in Kenya, but his first book, novel The Yellow Mountain (1978) was published while in Rhodesia. A typical propagandist adventure fiction in favour of the white settlers' cause in Rhodesia, it is set in Kenya, Northern Africa and Rhodesia ...

Dale, Floyd D

(?   -    ) US author whose first work, A Hunter's Fire (1989), is a Post-Holocaust military-sf adventure, in which the USSR invades the USA; valiant guerrilla warfare ensues. [JC]

Olander, Joseph D

(1939-    ) US academic and anthologist, all of whose work – amounting to at least forty titles – has been in collaboration with Martin Harry Greenberg (whom see for details), sometimes plus further collaborators. "Name" authors involved in team anthologies part-edited by Olander are Isaac Asimov, Damon Knight, Frederik Pohl and Robert Silverberg. [JC] see also: Critical and Historical Works About SF; Sociology. /

Jacques, Jeph

(1980-    ) US musician and Comics artist now living in Canada, best known for his long-running webcomic Questionable Content [see links below], which launched on 1 August 2003 and which he describes as "an internet comic strip about friendship, romance, and robots". New instalments initially appeared twice weekly and later three times weekly; from September 2004 the strip has been published every weekday (though with a few irregularities and guest artists), each new page ...

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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