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Zindell, David

(1952-    ) US author with a degree in mathematics who began publishing sf with "The Dreamer's Sleep" for Fantasy Book in December 1984. His career properly began, however, when he won the Writers of the Future Contest with "Shanidar" (in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, anth 1985, ed Algis Budrys), which was modified into the first part of his first novel, the long and remarkable Neverness (1988), the first instalment of the Neverness/Requiem for Homo Sapiens ...

Chappell, Fred

(1936-    ) US academic, poet and author, most of whose work within the water margins of Fantastika falls within the broad remit of the weird, though his best-known novel Dagon (1968) carries its doomed protagonist into the sway of an idiot deity whose gaze – "the god was omnipotent but did not possess intelligence" – constitutes a prolepsis of things to come (see Cthulhu Mythos; Horror in SF) [for Weird Fiction see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. ...

Kunstler, James Howard

(1948-    ) US journalist, cultural historian and author who may be best known for nonfiction studies of the contemporary American urban and suburban like The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape (1994), where he argues that suburbia is not only an inhumanely dysfunctional habitat, grotesquely and fatally dependent on the automobile to survive at all, even in the short term. A later study, The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging ...

Eklund, Gordon

(1945-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Dear Aunt Annie" in Fantastic for April 1970, though he also published considerable fan fiction (see Fandom), all of which was collected as Eklundia Stories: The Complete Fan Fiction of Gordon Eklund (coll 2013). In the early and most prolific years of his career he published dozens of stories in sf magazines, much of this work being assembled in the Selected Stories sequence comprising Second Creation ...


Canadian album and musical (1978). Music by Michel Berger, lyrics by Luc Plamondon. Original cast included Daniel Balavoine, Claude Dubois, Diane Dufresne, Eric Esteve, France Gall, René Joly, Grégory Ken, Fabienne Thibault and Nanette Workman. / Francophone musical, originally released in France and Quebec as a double album, Starmania: ou la passion de Johnny Rockfort selon les évangiles télévisé ["Starmania: or the passion of Johnny Rockfort ...

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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