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Thompson, Andrew

(?   -    ) UK playwright whose first commercially produced drama, In Event of Moone Disaster (performed 2017; 2017), makes structural and Feminist use of a real speech, "In Event of Moon Disaster", written for President Nixon in case the 1969 Moon landing failed. The play is divided into three interacting sections, set in 1969, 2017, and Near Future 2055. In the last of these, Sylvia Moone's granddaughter, also called Sylvia Moone, is about to take the first ...

Downing, Peggy

(1924-2013) US author of books for children and Young Adults, author of the Exitorn Adventures sequence beginning with Brill and the Dragators (1987), which provides a Christian slant on Space Opera for younger readers. Apparent singletons include Help! I'm Drowning! and Other Emergencies (1985) and Help! I'm Shrinking! (1986). [JC]

Leigh, Lora

Pseudonym of US author of erotic romances Christine Simmons (1965-    ). Of sf interest is the Feline Breeds sequence, beginning with Tempting the Beast (2003), in which a cat-like male – part of a Near Future programme in the Genetic Engineering of elite forces – encounters a sexually aroused woman reporter (see Sex; Women in SF). [JC]

Webber, Charles Wilkins

(1819-1856) US journalist and author, mostly of nonfantastic adventure tales, the closest to the Gothic Western being perhaps "Jack Long; Or, the Shot in the Eye" (in Tales of the Southern Border coll 1853), where the eponymous marksman with uncanny accuracy shoots each of his ten tormentors in the eye. Webber is of some sf interest for Yieger's Cabinet: Spiritual Vampirism: The History of Etherial Softdown, and her Friends of the "New Light" (1853), an anti-feminist roman à clef tale, ...

Monsters and Heroes

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Seven issues, 1967 to 1970, from M & H Publications. Editor and publisher: Larry Ivie (?1936-2014). Publication schedule was nominally bi-monthly, but in fact very erratic. / A high-quality magazine which also covered Comics and featured considerable material on Edgar Rice Burroughs, it was largely written and illustrated by Ivie himself; he painted the covers for all seven issues. Of particular interest 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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