The universe of Science Fiction, from A to Z
Peter Nicholls, Australian editor, reviewer, critic, and historian of science fiction, has died after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Mr. Nicholls is chiefly known for publishing the definitive Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. He was the principal editor on the first edition (1979), shared editorial direction on the second edition (1993) with John Clute, one of the leading critical theorists on the literature of “the fantastic”, and continued as Editor Emeritus as the work evolved into its on-line third edition (2011-). Every edition of the Encyclopedia won the Hugo for Best Related Work.
In eulogizing Mr. Nicholls, Mr. Clute wrote:
What can be said is that Peter, boisterously knowledgeable, dangerously brilliant, gemutlichly incapable of suffering fools, marked every aspect of the SFE over the four decades since Granada and Doubleday introduced that first triple-columned print edifice to a world of print. Though everything has changed in that world and in this book, in a sense nothing has: as he is with us in every page.
As an owner of both print editions (first and second) and a regular visitor to the on-line edition, I can attest that Mr. Nicholls provided sf/f fans with the most valuable of reference works as well as with many, many hours of simple, fun browsing pleasure.