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Brissett, Jennifer Marie

(1969-    ) London-born software engineer and author, in USA from the age of four, who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Executioner" in Warrior Wisewoman 2 (anth 2009) edited by Roby James. The apparent over-complicatedness of her first novel, Elysium (2014), dissolves in the unpacking of the intricate but lucid story, which is initially set in an unnamed (but identifiable) version of New York, where a ...

Searles, Baird

(1934-1993) US bookshop proprietor and author who co-edited the 1975 critical journal The Science Fiction Review (Monthly) and published several nonfiction works on sf and fantasy, beginning with Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (1975 chap) for Cliffs Notes and continuing with The Science Fiction Quizbook (1976) with Martin Last (1929-2006), composed at a time when ...

Arnette, Robert

A Ziff-Davis House Name used in Amazing, Fantastic Adventures and Fantastic by Robert Silverberg and Roger P Graham (Rog Phillips) – who may have originated the name – for one identified story each and by unidentified authors for six stories 1951-1957. ...

Thompson, Kate

(1956-    ) UK-born author, daughter of E P Thompson, in Ireland from 1981, mostly of books for younger readers and the Young Adult market. Most of her work is fantasy (a selection only is listed below), but she is of sf interest for the Missing Link sequence comprising The Missing Link (2000; vt Fourth World 2005), Only Human (2001) and Origins ...


For a general note on this encyclopedia's handling of Chinese names, please see Editorial Practices: Chinese and Japanese Names. / Chinese literature has a long tradition of the fantastic that prepared the way for, and leads up to, modern Chinese sf. Like modernism itself, the sf genre reached China through the unexpected route of Japanese contacts, in particular the foreign studies of the author Lu ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...

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