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Egan, Doris

(1955-    ) US author and executive for television projects, and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Timerider" for Amazing in March 1986; her Ivory sequence – comprising The Gate of Ivory (1989), Two-Bit Heroes (1992) and Guilt-Edged Ivory (1992), all three assembled as The Complete Ivory (omni 2001) – unusually presents a set of essentially independent tales, some of them fantasy, joined together by various kinds of proximity, and by the ...

Bradley, James

(1967-    ) Australian critic and author, partner of Mardi McConnochie; his first novel Wrack (1997), though not literally fantastic, creates in mythopoeic terms aspects of an Australian Myth of Origin [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] by invoking the unconfirmed but hauntingly attractive story of the wreck of The Mahoganny Ship, a supposed Portuguese vessel whose visit to the continent dates from a century or so earlier than any known White incursion. His ...

Deighton, Len

Working name of Leonard Cyril Deighton (1929-    ), UK author of spy novels, cookery books and some other nonfiction, still perhaps best known for his early espionage thrillers such as The Ipcress File (1962), the first of the Secret File sequence which features the same undisciplined and unnamed secret agent. The fourth volume of the series, Billion-Dollar Brain (1966), is set in an indeterminate Near Future and deals with a super-Computer and a private preventive war ...

Winawer, Melodie

(circa 1968-    ) US neurologist, research scientist and author whose first novel, The Scribe of Siena (2017) is a Timeslip tale whose protagonist, a neurosurgeon, is transported into fourteenth century Siena, her transposition triggered by the sight of her face on a painting by the (fictional) Gabriele Accorsi. It is just before the Black Death savagely afflicts the affluent, bustling City. Similarities with Connie Willis's Doomsday Book (1992) lessen as a romance between ...

Aylesworth, John

(1928-2010) Canadian author whose first work was as a television writer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; subsequently in the US, where he also worked in television. His sf novel, Fee, Fei, Fo, Fum (1963), is a comic story in which a pill enlarges a man to Brobdingnagian proportions (see Great and Small); the New York setting, and some details of the tale, prefigure E L Doctorow's Big As Life (1966). [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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