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Bowman, Erin

(1985-    ) US author, most of whose work has been fantasy written for the Young Adult market, her first publications of significance being the Gray Wethersby sequence beginning with Taken (2013), set in a colouristically delineated Near Future Dystopian world, in a Keep-like enclave where all male children are ritually kidnapped on ...

Pantropy

This useful item of sf Terminology was coined by James Blish in the stories later melded together as The Seedling Stars (fixup 1957). Blish's view was that in humanity's Colonization of Other Worlds (which see for further discussion), we must either change the planet to make it habitable (Terraforming) or change humanity itself to fit ...

Day, Langston

(1894-1977) UK author whose Magic Casements (coll 1951) assembles mythological fantasies, and whose The Deep Blue Ice (1960) features the experiences of a Victorian mountaineer who is frozen in ice for half a century, and on revival (see Sleeper Awakes) must face the present day. He also became involved with George de la Warr's "radionics" researches and co-authored ...

Schaub, Mary

(1943-2009) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Serpentine" in Survival from Infinity (anth 1974) edited by Roger Elwood, and most of whose subsequent work was fantasy. "Exile", a book-length tale assembled in Flight of Vengeance (anth 1992) edited with P M Griffin and Andre Norton, is a Planetary Romance ...

Skinner, Ainslie

Pseudonym used by US-born crime author Paula Gosling (1939-    ), resident in the UK since the 1960s, for her sf novel Mind's Eye (1980; vt The Harrowing 1981), which convincingly (and often movingly) depicts the scientific testing of a girl possessed of ESP and the realization of the consequences of the fact that this power is transferable to others. [JGr/JC]

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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