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Ashley, Mike

Working name of UK editor and researcher Michael Raymond Donald Ashley (1948-    ), who has a special expertise in the history of magazine sf, fantasy and weird fiction; for this large body of significant work, he was given the Pilgrim Award for 2002. Ashley's first major work as an anthology editor was the four-volume The History of the Science Fiction Magazine, whose components are The History of the Science Fiction Magazine: Part 1 1926-35 (anth 1974), The History of the ...

Extrapolation [magazine]

Critical magazine, edited by Thomas D Clareson from its inception in December 1959; Donald M Hassler joined Clareson from the Winter 1987 issue, and became sole editor from the Spring 1990 issue, a dominant role he maintained, though the designation of his role changed at least once, until he retired in 2007. The journal has since been edited by several scholars acting as a board; they include Andrew M Butler, Michael Levy, Javier A Martinez, Wendy Pearson and John Rieder. Extrapolation ...

d'Esme, Jean

Working name of China-born author Jean D'Esmenard (1893-1966), in France from an early age; not to be confused with the painter Jacques Boullaire (1893-1976), who also worked as Jean d'Esme. Les dieux rouges (1923; trans Moreby Acklom as The Red Gods: A Romance 1924) is a Lost World tale of some complexity, and considerable grimness, set in mountain fastnesses to the north of Indo-China (probably present-day Laos), frame-narrated by a colleague of the protagonist, who – after giving his ...

Blackman, Malorie

(1962-    ) UK screenwriter and author, prolific in several genres and for various age levels, though she is almost certainly best-known for the Young Adult Noughts & Crosses sequence beginning with Noughts & Crosses (2001) [for vts see Checklist below], which is set in an Alternate World called Zafrica where whites are oppressed and Blacks are in charge (see Race in SF). In this first and in succeeding volumes, as the years pass, the injustices and ameliorations of ...

Duane, Diane E

(1952-    ) US author, most respected for her work in Fantasy. She is married to fantasy author Peter Morwood (1956-    ), with whom she has collaborated on several books. She began writing fantasies with the Tale of the Five sequence – The Door into Fire (1979) and The Door into Shadow (1984), both assembled as Tale of Five: The Sword and the Dragon (omni 2002), and later extended with The Door into Sunset (1992). A considerably longer fantasy ...

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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