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de Bodard, Aliette

(1982-    ) US-born software engineer and author, her background being French and Vietnamese, in France from the age of one; her first language is French but she has always written in English. She began to publish work of genre interest with "A Warrior's Death" in Shimmer for Spring 2006, and has rapidly come into prominence for her short fiction: "The Shipmaker" (November 2010 Interzone) which won a BSFA Award for best short fiction; "Immersion" (June 2012 Clarkesworld) ...

Barnhouse, Perl T

(1877-1964) US farmer and author of a touristic sf novel, My Journeys with Astargo: A Tale of the Past, Present and Future (1952), in which spherical Antigravity-powered Spaceships are built – the initial Pioneerer being replaced by the Astargo – and various planets visited. As Damon Knight noted in In Search of Wonder: Essays on Modern Science Fiction (coll 1956; exp 1967; exp 1996), this "primitive science fiction novel" has strong resemblances to E E Smith's The Skylark of Space ...

Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series

Australian Fanzine (March 1986-Autumn 1991), edited by "The Science Fiction Collective" or "ASFR Cooperative", at first comprising Jenny Blackford (1957-    ), Russell Blackford, John Foyster (1941-2003), Yvonne Rousseau and Lucy Sussex; Janeen Webb joined the group and Sussex left in 1987. / This worthy successor to the defunct Australian SF Review was effectively though not officially a critical Academic Journal, of variable but often high quality, fannishly enlivened ...

Reinganum, Victor

(1907-1995) UK artist associated with British Surrealism (see Illustration) before 1940, as demonstrated in his illustrations for Straw in the Hair: An Anthology of Nonsensical and Surrealist Verse (anth 1938) edited by Denys Kilham Roberts (1903-1976) (see Poetry). Much of his work was for fiction outside the sf field, including most of the early novels, some of fantasy interest, of Muriel Spark [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Though under-utilized in sf proper, he ...

Shuttle, Penelope

(1947-    ) UK poet and author, married to Peter Redgrove (whom see for their sf collaborations) until his death in 2003. Jesusa (1971 chap) is an expressionist presentation of Sex seen as metamorphic, mythopoeic. Her only full-length solo fiction of genre interest, The Mirror of the Giant: A Ghost Story (1980), combines Feminist self-analysis with elements of the traditional ghost story. [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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