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Moore, Alan

(1953-    ) UK Comics writer and illustrator, mainly active in the former capacity for the Graphic Novels that made him famous; all of these, including Watchmen, were illustrated by others. On relatively rare occasions, beginning with "Sawdust Memories" for Knave in December 1984, he has also written prose fiction, including the part-fantastic Voice of the Fire (coll of linked stories 1996) and the very long, also part-fantastic Jerusalem (2016), the latter having a mixed ...

Stanton, Will

(1918-1996) US humorous author for various Slicks including The New Yorker, Readers Digest and Saturday Evening Post. His contributions to SF Magazines began with "Barney" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in February 1951 and remained with that magazine exclusively. He was active for twelve years, his eleven stories being witty and well-told variants on familiar sf themes; more than half were anthologized. [JC/PN/DRL]

Mayakovsky, Vladimir

(1893-1930) Russian poet and playwright, a revolutionary from early years, a Futurist poet whose verse radically shocked post-Revolution Russia. Of particular sf interest is his first fully fledged prose Satirical play, Klop (performed 1929; 1929; trans Guy Daniels as The Bedbug in The Complete Plays of Vladimir Mayakovsky, coll 1968), in which, some generations hence, a Soviet bureaucrat who has been in Suspended Animation, is kept in a Zoo after he proves both charismatic and transgressive. ...

Münch, Paul Georg

(?   -?   ) German author of an anonymous Future War tale, Hindenburgs Einmarsch in London (1915; trans Louis G Redmond-Howard as Hindenburg's March into London: Being a Translation from the German Original 1916) as by Einem Deutschen Dichter ["A German Poet"], told from a patriotic German standpoint and climaxing in the fall of London through the irresistible force and ingenuity of Hindenburg himself. [JC]

Corston, George

(1932-    ) UK author of Aftermath (1968), an exceedingly grim vision of England after a nuclear Disaster that has driven what remains of the land into martial law and useless defiance of the inevitable; the protagonist, cursing his fate, dies of leukaemia. It is the case that, as with this title, surprisingly unconventional tales sometimes slipped into the Robert Hale Limited list, which was primarily designed for the library market. [JC]

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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