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Kornblatt, Marc

(?   -    ) US author of contributions to two Shared World series: Flame of the Inquisition (1986) and Mission to World War II (1986) with Susan Nanus (see World War Two) for the Time Machine sequence; and Paul Revere and the Boston Tea Party (1987) for the Time Traveler sequence. Time Travel is involved throughout. [JC]

Becker, Walt

(1968-    ) US scriptwriter, author and director of a number of films, whose Link (1998) posits an Extraterrestrial origin for humanity; the plot soon thickens in South America, where the missing Link may tell us if we are descendants of a Forerunner species, or if human Evolution is a planetary phenomenon. [JC/SH]

Gaiman, Neil

(1960-    ) UK journalist, screenwriter and author, in the US from 1992, whose first publications were nonfiction; along with later essays, some of this earlier work has been assembled as The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction (coll 2016). He then specialized in the scripting of fantasy and sf comics and Graphic Novels for a decade from the late 1980s onward, and more recently focused on novels of the fantastic (not including sf); he has also become involved in ...

Russo-Lyde, N

(?   -    ) Indian-born author, in the UK after World War Two, whose true name may have been Norah Scobie, and who may have been alive in 1976; Heroes Without Uniform (1950) is a tale for older children, set in World War Two, whose young protagonists abscond unwittingly in a sub-orbital Rocket, landing safely in Italy where they join the partisans. [JC]

Bulis, Christopher

(1956-    ) UK author involved in various projects for the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Shadowmind (1994). Writers in these projects are given some leeway to explore their own interests; Bulis, in tales like Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Tempest (1998), shows a clear affinity for intricate puzzle-driven plotting. The Moon's Last Fortress (2013 ebook) is a standalone Young Adult sf adventure. [JC/DRL]

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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