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Jonson, Ben

(1572-1637) UK poet, actor and playwright, after Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) and William Shakespeare the pre-eminent dramatist of his era, active from the late 1590s till the year of his death. He was most famous for his astute and often highly satirical comedies, most notably Volpone (1605-1606), The Alchemist (1610) which satirized the gullibility of a public ready to accept any pseudoscientific nostrum, and Bartholomew Fair (1614). Though these comedy-of-manners Satires were so sharp ...

Summer Camp Island

US animated tv series (2018-current). Cartoon Network. Creator and executive producer: Julia Pott. Writers include Leah Beckmann, Emma Fletcher, Sarah Lloyd, Kent Osborne, Jack Pendarvis and Julia Pott. Art direction by Sandra Lee. Voice cast includes Oona Laurence, Ethan Maher, Julia Pott and Elliott Smith. 100 eleven-minute episodes to date (plus the pilot). Colour. / Summer Camp Island transforms once the parents depart: the three counsellors become witches; little Aliens on flying ...

Godwin, Francis

(1562-1633) UK bishop and author, most noted for his striking description of a lunar Utopia in the posthumously and anonymously published The Man in the Moone: Or A Discourse of a Voyage Thither by Domingo Gonsales, the Speedy Messenger (1638). There is considerable debate over the date of composition, some suggesting it was written as early as 1588 after Godwin heard Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) lecture at Oxford, though most recent theories suggest it was written shortly before his death. ...

Palmer, Jessica

(1953-    ) US journalist and author of two fantasy series – Dark Lullaby and Renegade World, see Checklist for titles – and the Space Opera Factor sequence, comprising Random Factor (1994), Human Factor (1996) and Random Factor (1997), about a cruel war fought in interstellar space by opposing forces of Clones governed by a central AI, supposedly for the benefit of humanity; but the tables are soon turned, and Earth becomes a battlefield. [JC]

Thomas, Lynne M

(1974-    ) US editor, librarian, curator and author, currently (2022) Head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Juanita J and Robert E Simpson Rare Book and Manuscript Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Thomas is one of the most successful genre editors of her generation, best known for editing Uncanny Magazine (2014-current) with her husband Michael Damian Thomas from its first issue. She was previously editor of Apex Magazine from 2011 to ...

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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