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Burgess, Eric

(1912-1995) UK author, always in collaboration with Arthur Friggens, of several sf novels for Robert Hale Limited, none being remarkable in content. Anti-Zota (1973) revolves around conflict between the short-lived and the long-lived (see Immortality) in the Far Future. Arguably the Mortorio books – Mortorio (1973) and Mortorio Two (1975), where Mortorio is a planet mysteriously capable of resisting exploitation by Earth – stand out from the crowd. / This author should not be ...

Minahan, John

(1933-2002) US author of the John Rawlings sequence of thrillers, the seventh of which, The Great Grave Robbery (1990), turns on the search for a thief who has risen from Suspended Animation (see also Cryonics). [JC]

Science Fiction Association

This first attempt at a genuinely national UK organization devoted to furthering the cause of sf in Britain was proposed and launched at the Leeds, Yorkshire, sf Convention of January 1937. It was initially headquartered in Leeds, with E J Carnell's Novae Terrae adopted as the official organ. Another official publication, intended as a respectable front to entice non-fans, was the quarterly Fanzine Tomorrow, first published in February 1937 and edited by Douglas W F Mayer; the seventh and last ...


UK rock band from the Manchester area. Their first album, the heavy-duty Amplifier (2004) contains many sf touches, and closes with a long track, "UFO", in which Alien Spaceships and, strangely, U-boats, descend upon the earth. Better is their EP release The Astronaut Dismantles HAL (2006), whose songs, whilst not making explicit the disc's titular allusion to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), certainly articulate a hard-edged, thrilling and hallucinatory sf not far removed from the later stages of ...

Berry, John D

(1950-    ) American fan, author, typographer and graphic designer, longtime partner of author Eileen Gunn; he primarily works as an editor, book designer, design writer, and type consultant for software companies, including in the past Microsoft. Almost all of Berry's sf-related writings have appeared in Fanzines, although he published one short story in Jessica Amanda Salmonson's anthology Tales by Moonlight (anth 1983), as well as a number of columns reviewing Fanzines ...

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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