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Gardner, Craig Shaw

(1949-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Rocket Roll" for Unearth in Spring 1978. He is almost exclusively associated with fantasy, both original titles (chiefly Humour) – beginning with the Ebenezum and Wuntvor humorous romps whose first volume is A Malady of Magics (fixup 1986) [see Checklist below] – and a range of very competent ...

Walters, Guy

(1971-    ) UK historian and author, much of whose work has focused on the years leading up to World War Two and on the war itself. Of sf interest is The Leader (2003), a Hitler Wins tale set in an early 1940s Britain ruled by Oswald Mosley (1896-1980); justice triumphs in the end. Similar scenarios were examined with somewhat greater care in Jo Walton's ...

Deegan, Jon J

A House Name created by Gordon Landsborough, editor of Authentic Science Fiction, and used perhaps exclusively by UK author Robert George Sharp for material published in that journal, which for some time early in its run filled each issue with one long story (in this encyclopedia, one-story issues are treated as books). The Old Growler space exploration series, ...

McDonough, Thomas R

(1945-    ) US author and lecturer in engineering at Caltech, perhaps best known for his nonfiction and for serving as the coordinator of the SETI programme of the Planetary Society. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Listening for Life in the Cosmos (1987) argues the case for seeking out First Contact with other races in the Galaxy; that there have been no successes to report over the past ...

Yacht

Also known as YΔCHT. American electropop band, founded by Jona Bechtolt (1980-    ). The group is more fully integrated into digital culture than many – initially created for an "art and technology platform" entitled "Crap-tops versus Laptops" organized by New York's Museum of Modern Art, Yacht add Powerpoint presentations, software piracy and integrated blogging and vlogging to the usual recording-and-touring business of being in a band. Their fourth album, ...

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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