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Sarrantonio, Al

(1952-    ) US editor and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Ahead of the Joneses" in Asimov's for March 1979, and much of whose work is horror, sometimes tinged with sf (see Horror in SF), including his first novel, The Worms (1985), a Gothic tale set in Massachusetts with hints of H P Lovecraft; and Moonbane (1989), in which ...

Hansberry, Lorraine

(1930-1965) US playwright best known for her nonfantastic drama A Raisin in the Sun (performed 1959; 1959). She is of sf interest for "What Use Are Flowers?", assembled in Les Blancs: The Collected Last Plays of Lorraine Hansberry (coll 1972). Set in a desolate landscape probably subsequent to World War Three, the play focuses on a small rabble of children, who in a feral state – like those in William ...

Serling, Carol

(1929-2020) US editor and Television producer, married to Rod Serling from 1948 until his death in 1975 and long associated with his enterprises, in particular The Twilight Zone (1959-1964). She edited Rod Serling's Night Gallery Reader (anth 1987) with Martin H Greenberg and Charles G Waugh (see ...

Sheldon, Roy

UK House Name used by Hamilton & Co. (which published Panther Books) on short fiction and full-length novels in Authentic Science Fiction 1951-1952 and on a number of routine sf novels 1952-1954 by H J Campbell and E C Tubb. George Hay – included in the above list in the second edition of this encyclopedia – ...

Gotthelf, Ezra Gerson

(1907-1981) US rabbi and author, whose sf Satire, The Island of Not-Me: A True Chronicle of the Life of Geoghan Willbe on The Island of Not-Me, Preceded by an Account of his Person Before his Arrival Upon that Famous Isle (1935), places on an Island a Utopia with totalitarian characteristic. It is written in a style distantly evocative of Jonathan Swift. [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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