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Attwood, Tony

(1947-    ) UK author, mostly of Ties, including a Doctor Who tale, The Companions of Doctor Who: Turlough and the Earthlink Dilemma (1985); and Terry Nation's Blake's 7: Afterlife (1984) for the Blake's Seven television series, plus a guide to the series, Terry Nation's Blake's 7: The Programme Guide (1982; rev 1994). Attwood is not the psychologist Tony Attwood (1952-    ) who has published on Asperger's Syndrome. [JC]

Clayton, Jo

(1939-1998) US author, most of whose work consists of a long series of science-fantasy Space Operas of extended quests in highly coloured venues; as the years of her career passed, her work became more and more fantasy-oriented. The sequence divides into the Diadem books – Diadem from the Stars (1977), which romantically sets out the epic adventures of Aleytey, a young girl electronically attached to the power-bestowing diadem of the title, as she searches for the planet which is the home ...

Barbet, Pierre

Pseudonym of Dr Claude Pierre Marie Avice (1925-1995), French author, under his real name a pharmacist and an expert on bionics; he also used the pseudonyms David Maine and Olivier Sprigel. A highly prolific if derivative popular writer of sf from his first publication, of sf interest, Vers un Avenir Perdu ["Towards a Lost Future"] (1962), Barbet published dozens of novels over the next 30 years, ending his career with L'Ere du Spatiopithèque ["The Era of the Spatiopithecus"] (1991); a ...

Maddox, Tom

Working name of US author Daniel Thomas Maddox (1945-    ) who began publishing polished short stories with "The Mind Like a Strange Balloon" for Omni in June 1985. His only novel to date, Halo (1991), moves from a Cyberpunk Earth to a Space Habitat, engaging en route in an intense contemplation of the nature of artificial intelligence (see AI; Cybernetics; Robots) in a Virtual-Reality environment. The tale is intermittently hectic, but charged with energy. Maddox has ...

Hunter, Mel

Working name of American artist Milford Joseph Hunter III (1927-2004). After growing up with an abusive father, Hunter attended Northwestern University in Illinois before moving to California, where he worked as an artist for Northrop Aircraft Corporation. But he began seeking employment as a freelance artist, and in early 1953 he sold his first cover to Galaxy magazine, depicting some men preparing a spaceship for flight, unusually observed from above. As early covers indicate, Hunter's human ...

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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