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Jarvis, Sharon

(1943-    ) US author whose fiction has all been written with collaborators under joint pseudonyms. As Jarrod Comstock she published the These Lawless Worlds sequence of mildly erotic sf in Planetary Romance settings: These Lawless Worlds #1: The Love Machine (1984) with Ellen M Kozak, These Lawless Worlds #2: Scales of Justice (1984) with Ellen M Kozak, and Kingdom Come (1985) solo. As Johanna Hailey she published with Marcia Yvonne Howl (1947-    ) ...

Griffith, Mary

(?1800-1877) US horticultural author and author whose early Utopia, Three Hundred Years Hence (1950), originally appeared as one of the stories in Camperdown, or News from Our Neighbourhood: Being Sketches (coll 1836) as by An Author of our Neighbourhood. In an extremely early use of the Sleeper-Awakes convention – though (typical of early nineteenth-century conventions regarding the fantastic) the experiences depicted are described as a dream – the tale takes its protagonist 200 ...

Advent: Publishers

Chicago-based specialist publishing house, founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp and other sf fan members of the University of Chicago Science Fiction Club. The focus of Advent:Publishers was on critical and bibliographical material, together with works relating to Fandom. Its first book was Damon Knight's In Search of Wonder (coll 1956; exp 1967; exp 1996). Other notable critical volumes are James Blish's two collections of incisive essays The Issue at Hand (coll 1964) and More Issues at Hand (coll ...

Long, Amelia Reynolds

(1903-1978) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Twin Soul" for Weird Tales in March 1928, and who contributed "The Mechanical Man" to the two-story Science Fiction Series anthology, Mechanical Man/Thought Stealer (anth 1930 chap), the second story being by Frank Bourne. Her story "The Thought-Monster" (March 1930 Weird Tales) was much later filmed as Fiend Without a Face (1957). Her one sf novel, Behind the Evidence (1936) with William L Crawford, writing together as ...

Hatch, Mary R P

(1848-1935) US author who also published as by Mabel Percy, including some mysteries set in the White Mountains of New Hampshire; her novel of sf interest, The Missing Man (first appeared 1892 Portland Maine Transcript; 1892), is a mystery tale whose solution depends on Telepathy. [JC]

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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