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Richmond, Walt

(1922-1977) US author and research scientist whose fiction was written exclusively in collaboration with his wife, Leigh Richmond (whom see for details). Later revisions, which credit both authors, were solely executed by his wife. [JC]

Poe, Edgar Allan

(1809-1849) US poet, critic and author, born Edgar Poe; he normally wrote as Edgar A Poe, not as Edgar Allan Poe, perhaps because of bad blood between him and his foster father John Allan, whose name he never adopted legally. He was a major figure in American literature, a pioneer in the creation of the short story as a form, and as such the effective creator or significant innovator in the detective story, the horror story, and sf. His career focus on magazine work (just before magazines ...

Dicks, Terrance

(1935-2019) UK scriptwriter, editor, and author, best known for his involvement in various capacities over many years with Doctor Who (see this entry for more details). His career as scriptwriter for this BBC television series began in the late 1960s with rewrite work on episodes 3-6 of Brian Hayles's season-six storyline The Seeds of Death (25 January-1 March 1969), later in the season he was jointly credited with ...

Eisenstein, Alex

(1945-    ) US author and illustrator whose fiction has been exclusively in collaboration with his wife, Phyllis Eisenstein, beginning with "The Trouble with the Past" for New Dimensions 1 (anth 1971) edited by Robert Silverberg; although only between five and ten stories are bylined with both names, their collaborative efforts extend throughout her work. Eisenstein is specifically ...

Kyme, Nick

(?   -    ) UK editor and author, involved in Games journalism and other functions from 1998; his sf novels are Ties to Games Workshop Wargame universes, beginning with Necromunda: Back from the Dead (2006) and continuing with a Warhammer novel, Warhammer: Oathbreaker (2008), and several for the more heavily sf-oriented ...

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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