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Coville, Bruce

(1950-    ) US author of sf and fantasy, mostly the latter, almost exclusively juveniles. Of some sf interest are: Murder in Orbit (1987; vt Space Station ICE-3 1987); My Teacher Is an Alien (1989) and its sequels, My Teacher Fried My Brains (1991), My Teacher Glows in the Dark (1991), all three assembled as My Teacher Is an Alien: 3 Books in One (omni 1995), plus and My Teacher Flunked the Planet (1992); Philip José Farmer's The Dungeon #2: The Dark Abyss (1989), a ...

Lambert, Derek

(1929-2001) UK journalist and author who specialized in political thrillers, and, writing as Richard Falkirk, in the nonfantastic Bow Street Runner sequence of proto-policiers set in the early nineteenth century. He is of sf interest for The Memory Man (1979) whose protagonist, after coming to life after death (see Reincarnation), feels he has found a land to explore; and for The Red Dove (1982), a Near Future Technothriller about the defection of a Russian cosmonaut to the United States. ...

Brown, J G

(1901-1990) New Zealand teacher and editor whose work in the latter capacity has not been restricted to sf. His Anthology, From Frankenstein to Andromeda (anth 1966), is a conscientious scouring of sf materials through a century and a half, including both short stories and excerpts from several novels ranging from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818; rev 1831) to Fred Hoyle's and John Elliot's A for Andromeda (1962). [JC/DRL]

Norminton, Gregory

(1976-    ) UK anthologist and author whose first novel, The Ship of Fools (2002), places an exorbitantly various and marginally fantasticated examples of Homo sapiens taken fairly directly from "The Ship of Fools" (before 1500) by Hieronymus Bosch (circa 1450-1516) (see Ship of Fools), where they disport dismayedly. Arts and Wonders (2004) exploits another medieval/renaissance topos, the dwarf in the court of a cruel ruler (see Doppelgangers), but with no element of the ...

Legion of Super-Heroes

Comic-book series about a group of diversely Superpowered youths in the thirtieth and thirty-first centuries, published by DC Comics. The Legion of Super-Heroes first appeared in Adventure Comics #247 (April 1958) in a Superboy story written by Otto Binder (see Eando Binder) and then featured in various Superman titles (ed Mort Weisinger) before gaining their own series in Adventure Comics #300. Writers have included Jerry Siegel, Edmond Hamilton, Paul Levitz, Mark Waid and Jim Shooter, whose ...

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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