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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...


The darker side of sf and fantasy has produced many inventive torture devices, such as the fantasticated apparatus in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" (in The Gift, anth dated 1843 but 1842) and Franz Kafka's The Penal Colony (1919 chap; trans 1933). The torments of the Spanish Inquisition, as luridly imagined in Poe's story, are revisited in Patricia ...

Byers, Sam

(1979-    ) UK author whose first novel Idiopathy (2013), though not literally fantastic, engages in edge-of-the-present, extremely funny Satirical assaults on the British Media Landscape, and on the chatterati's morganatic relationship with the Internet in general. His second novel, Perfidious Albion (2018), moves his focus forward, into a post-Brexit ...

Charbonneau, Joelle

(1974-    ) US author almost exclusively of work for Young Adult audiences, her early series being nonfantastic. She is initially of sf interest for the Testing Trilogy beginning with The Testing Guide (1 April 2013; 2013 ebook) and The Testing (2013), set in a savagely devastated Near Future world whose only hope may reside in those ...

Kaster, Allan

(?   -    ) Prolific anthologist who began to publish works of genre interest in 2008, initially in audio CD and digital audio download format only [these titles are not listed below] but adding ebook versions from The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 2 (anth 2010 ebook), and later trade paperbacks. All titles are published by his own Small Press Infinivox. The ...

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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