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D'Achille, Gino

(1935-2017) British artist, born in Rome, Italy. At the age of thirteen, he began his artistic training at Rome's Liceo Artistico and later attended the city's University of Architecture, explaining his later attentiveness to strange buildings and vehicles as well as undressed human figures and exotic animals in his book covers. Never a specialist in sf art, D'Achille moved to London in 1964 and initially worked mostly in animation, a field he returned to in the 1980s to design characters for ...

Archer, Jeffrey

(1940-    ) UK Conservative politician and author of many thrillers, most notorious in the early twenty-first century for his imprisonment on a count of perjury; in his Near Future sf novel, Shall We Tell the President? (1977; rev 1985), the American president who may or may not be informed of a plot against his life is Edward Kennedy, whose gun control laws are opposed vehemently. The revised edition is transformed into a sequel to The Prodigal Daughter (1982), at the end ...

Brémont, Anna, Comtesse de

(circa 1849-1922) US-born (of Irish parents) singer and author, mainly in South Africa after around 1878. She is of sf interest for A Son of Africa: A Romance (1899), mostly set in a remote African region governed by baboons (see Apes as Human); the young protagonist, whose mother is Black and father is white (see Race in SF), ends up in the UK after a natural Disaster has killed his mother and hurtled his father into an Underground world, where the Queen of Sheba (see She) predicts the ...

deFord, Miriam Allen

(1888-1975) US author, editor and feminist, who was active as a journalist and editor from 1912; married to the distinguished nonfiction author Maynard Shipley (1872-1934) from 1921; she worked as a researcher for Charles Fort between 1922 and his death in 1932; she was the San Francisco correspondent for the socialist Federated Press from 1921 to 1956, and a contributing editor to The Humanist. For the educational publisher Haldeman-Julius she wrote and/or edited a number of short books in the ...

Wise, Arthur

(1923-1983) UK drama consultant and author, most of whose works were thrillers; he also wrote as by John McArthur and under the non-sf house name Bryan Swift. Most of his sf was borderline, using genre elements to heighten the suspense. The best known of these tales was probably The Day the Queen Flew to Scotland for the Grouse Shooting (1968), about the abduction of the monarch in the context of a breakup of the United Kingdom. A second Near-Future, political novel was Who Killed Enoch ...

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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