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Brown, Eric

(1960-2023) UK author who began publishing sf – after a children's play, Noel's Ark (1982 chap) – with "Krash-Bangg Joe and the Pineal-Zen Equation" for Interzone in Autumn 1987; like several further tales assembled in The Time-Lapsed Man and Other Stories (coll 1990), it is set in a future world dominated by the effects of bio-engineering and dense with information. This marriage of Cordwainer ...

Future Science Fiction

1. Variant title of Future Fiction in its 1950s incarnation. / 2. Australian Digest-size magazine. Six numbered, undated issues running from July 1953 to March 1955 (two in 1953, three in 1954, one in 1955) published by Frew Publications, Sydney, edited anonymously by Ronald Forster. Forster was assisted in the selection of material for issue #2 by Vol Molesworth and thereafter ...

Khaw, Cassandra

Pseudonym of Malaysian author Zoe Khaw Joo Ee (1984-    ) who began publishing work of genre interest with "What the Highway Prefers" in Lackington's for Winter 2015. Most of their work is horror, as in the Gods and Monsters sequence beginning with Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef (2015 ebook) [see Checklist below]; at times there is a strong inflection of Horror in SF, as in the Persons Non Grata sequence ...

Luca de Tena, Torcuato

(1923-1999) Spanish controversialist, poet and author in whose first novel, La otra vida del capitán Contreras (1953; trans Barnaby Conrad as The Second Life of Captain Contreras 1960), the Sleeper Awakes hero has sharp things to say about the new world he enters. [JC]

Vesser, Carolyn

(1934-2010) US author whose Young Adult sf novel, Hellwalker (1988), is a Planetary Romance set in an isolated world exploited by a ruthless Telepath from another planet; his younger brother foils his plans to create an empire. [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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