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Nichols, Beverley

(1898-1983) UK author, perhaps best known for a series of nonfiction books about gardens and gardening. Of his fifty or so books, one of the most interesting is the ghostwritten autobiography – Melodies and Memories (1925) – of the most famous prima donna of the day, Nellie Melba, whom he had accompanied on tour for several years. He is of direct sf interest for a Near Future Dystopian "When the Crash Comes: A Play in Three Acts and a Prologue" (in Failures: Three Plays, coll 1933), ...

Szal, Jeremy

(1995-    ) Australian editor, politician and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Aliens Ate My Anti-Grav Speeder" in Robot and Raygun for April 2014. Although his first novel Stormblood (2020) may accurately be described as Military SF set in an interstellar Space Opera venue, the heart of the tale revolves more intimately around the protagonist and his companions' instant addiction to the Drug stormtech, whose transformative effects make them close to ...

Tan, Shaun

(1974-    ) Australian artist and author. As a teenage artist with an interest in science fiction, the precocious Tan published his first illustration in 1990, a strikingly coloured image of a kangaroo staring at an enormous Moon, for the cover of the second issue of the Australian magazine Aurealis; he also entered the Illustrators of the Future contest (see Writers of the Future Contest) in 1992, finishing as a finalist, and began doing occasional book covers. After ...

Pierre, DBC

Pseudonym of Australian author Peter Finlay (1961-    ), the initials of whose pseudonym stand for Dirty But Clean, a reference to the author's adventurous but troubled early life; these early experiences are surreally unpacked in his first novel, Vernon God Little: A 21st Century Comedy in the Presence of Death (2003), a gonzo Bildungsroman which gestures at the fantastic. Conjoined twins in an almost Near Future, culturally voided London grapple with a savagely privatized ...

Latimer, Alex

(?   -    ) South African illustrator and author, initially of self-illustrated tales for younger children beginning with the Boy Who Cried Ninja (graph 2011) [not listed below]; he has also written in collaboration with Diane Awerbuck as Frank Owen. He is initially of sf interest for The Space Race (2013), a Near Future tale focused on the troublesome acquiring by South Africa of a nuclear presence, and also the inadvertent launching of an outmoded Spaceship, ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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