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Oboler, Arch

(1909-1987) US scriptwriter, playwright and author, involved in Radio from the early 1930s; he was extremely prolific in that decade, writing and usually producing an estimated 400 radio plays by 1940. His first script, "Futuristics", was broadcast by NBC in celebration of its parent firm's move to the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan; laced with touches of Satire, the script is a paean to the future as seen through the prism of New York. Oboler's best work was heard on two anthology series. For ...

Vinge, Vernor

(1944-    ) US author and professor of mathematics at San Diego State University until 2000, when he retired to write full-time; married to Joan D Vinge 1972-1979. He began publishing sf with "Apartness" for New Worlds in June 1965, and appeared fairly regularly in Analog, his best early work being collected in True Names and Other Dangers (coll 1987), which contains Hard SF responsive to the thrust of technological progress (the title novella had earlier appeared as True ...

Rome, David

Pseudonym of UK-born television writer David Boutland (1938-    ), in Australia from 1951; he began to publish work of genre interest with "Time of Arrival" for New Worlds in April 1961, placing a number of tales in that journal in the years before Michael Moorcock became editor in 1964. His only sf book, Squat: Sexual Adventures on Other Planets (1970), is not his best work. [PN] see also: Generation Starships. /

O'Guilin, Peadar

Working name of Irish author Peadar Ó Guilín (1968-    ), who began to publish work of genre interest with "Charly's Ark" in Albedo One for Summer 1994; much of his short work was assembled as Forever in the Memory of God and Other Stories (coll 2014). O'Guilin's first series, the Young Adult Bone World Trilogy beginning with The Inferior (2007), is located in what may be a Pocket Universe, possibly Underground, or perhaps within a Generation Starship; in this ...

Davis, Richard

(1945-2005) UK author, columnist, and editor. In the late 1960s and early 1970s he worked as a story editor on two BBC Television series – Out of the Unknown (1965-1971) and the short-lived Late Night Horror – and was a columnist and film reviewer for Films & Filming. As a short story writer he wrote mostly in the horror genre, starting with "Guy Fawkes Night" in The Fourth Pan Book of Horror Stories (anth 1963) edited by Herbert van Thal. The only collection of his stories ...

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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