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Nocenti, Ann

(1957-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Shot of Damns and a Pack of Hells" for Words Without Pictures (anth 1990) edited by Steve Niles; her sf book is a Tie to the X-Men universe, X-Men: Prisoner X (1998). As Annie Nocenti she published a substantial interview with Edward Gorey (Spring 1998 Scenario) which is reprinted in his The Black Doll: A Silent Screenplay (2009 chap). [JC/DRL]

Sisson, Marjorie

(?   -    ) UK author of The Cave (1957 chap), whose two protagonists re-enact the story of Adam and Eve in the Lascaux caverns (see Underground), some time after World War Three. [JC]

Chamberlain, Betsey

(1797-1886) US worker, farmer and author, of Native American stock; she is of interest for the inherent merit of her thought, but also because of her background, an unusual combination for any writer in the 1840s, much less a woman. She contributed three stories of interest to an enterprising local magazine (she worked in Lowell, Massachusetts at the time): "A Vision of Truth" (May 1841 Lowell Offering) as by Tabitha; "A New Society" (August 1841 Lowell Offering) as by Tabitha, set in 1860, ...

Cannell, Stephen J

(1941-2010) US television producer, actor and scriptwriter, prolific in all these areas, much involved over the years in various manifestations of The Rockford Files; some of his work is horror. Of his fiction, mostly detective thrillers, Final Victim: A Novel (1996) is a noirish Near Future sf tale in which Cyberspace is inhabited by both a killer with a telegenic personality disorder, and by the team of protagonists – each with a special power – who hunt him down just in time. ...

Gallion, Jane

(1938-2003) US poet and author, best known for gonzo pornography, the only sf example of which is Biker (1969), a Post-Holocaust tale set in a California dominated by bikers and Drug-cults, and other manifestations of hippy culture gone haywire, in which the repeated acts of rape inflicted on the protagonist are conveyed realistically, and conspicuously without auctorial relish. "Beneath the Bermuda Triangle" (June 1979 Galaxy) lacks the focus generated by her angry take on Sex. She also edited ...

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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