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Fadiman, Clifton

(1904-1999) US author and editor, notably with Simon and Schuster and The New Yorker, who became a well-known figure through radio and television broadcasting. He edited two important Anthologies devoted to Mathematics and its folklore, both including sf and material of sf interest: Fantasia Mathematica (anth 1958) and The Mathematical Magpie (anth 1962). See Checklist for the long subtitles. [DRL]

Hawksley, Humphrey

(1964-    ) UK journalist and author, very well known for his work as a foreign correspondent in the Far East; his novels constantly press into sf readings after the pattern of most Technothrillers set in the very Near Future, though it is certainly the case that tales like his first, Dragonstrike: The Millennium War (1997) with Simon Holberton, and his fourth, Dragonfire (2000), unmistakably deal in more than a teasing fashion with the lead-up to and waging of versions of ...

Fisk, Nicholas

Pseudonym of UK musician, illustrator, publisher and author David Lee Higginbottom (1923-2016), who wrote exclusively for children, reportedly beginning to publish short stories before World War Two (none has been identified). After some nonfiction, his first sf tale was Space Hostages (1967), in which his tastes for Hard-SF backgrounds and realistically conceived protagonists were competently expressed in a tale whose young protagonists must learn how to survive after their Spaceship has been ...

Selznick, Brian

(1966-    ) US illustrator and author, in earlier years almost exclusively for younger children or Young Adult markets, and whose work as a whole is too complex and multi-sourced to fit easily into any specific mode; over all, though, his art and stories, combined or separately conceived, can be seen as exercises in Fantastika. His first book, for instance, The Houdini Box (graph 1992), Equipoisally hovers between fantasy and sf explanations of the nature of the box of ...

White, Robin A

(?   -    ) US author, usually of thrillers; The Flight from Winter's Shadow (1990) is a very Near Future Technothriller in which intrigues surrounding an advanced military aircraft threaten to bring an Ecological disaster, perhaps even nuclear winter. [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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