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McAllister, Gillian

(1985-    ) UK author whose first six novels are nonfantastic; the lawyer protagonist of her seventh, Wrong Place Wrong Time (2022), experiences the trauma of seeing her son kill an apparent stranger in front of her eyes, and – because of the depth of the experience, and "hysterical strength" of her need to save her son – finds herself afflicted or blessed by Time in Reverse transformations. Each day she awakens into an earlier world (see also Time Travel), each ...

Vukcevich, Ray

(1946-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Rachel's Inheritance" in Pulphouse for Fall 1989, and who has remained prolific in short forms from that date, much of his work being darkly Equipoisal; his style has often been linked to that of Kelly Link (1969-    ), though unlike Link he uses sf topoi with some frequency in tales like "By the Time We Get to Uranus" (in Imagination Fully Dilated, anth 1998, edited by Alan M Clark ...

Wright, Lan

Working name of UK author Lionel Percy Wright (1923-2010) for all his fiction; increased responsibilities in manufacturing industry curtailed his writing career. He began publishing sf with "Operation Exodus" for New Worlds in January 1952, and was active for over a decade in UK magazines, chiefly New Worlds and Nebula Science Fiction. His Johnny Dawson series in New Worlds, about intrigues between Earth and the planet Luther – beginning with "Fair Exchange" (January 1955 New Worlds) ...

Doughty, Charles M

(1843-1926) UK explorer and author whose Travels in Arabia Deserta (1888) profoundly influenced T E Lawrence (1888-1935), among others. The increasingly difficult, archaic language of Doughty's later work, a series of book-length poems, as well as the austerity of their arguments, has kept them from as wide acclaim as his great work on Arabia, which was not only hypnotically written, but also deeply reliable as an anthropological and geographical dissection of a virtually unknown land. His ...

Night of the Lepus

Film (1972). Lyles/MGM. Directed by William F Claxton. Written by Don Holliday, Gene R Kearney, based on The Year of the Angry Rabbit (1964) by Russell Braddon. Cast includes Rory Calhoun, DeForest Kelley, Janet Leigh and Stuart Whitman. 88 minutes. Colour. / Braddon's satirical novel was set in Australia, but the film dropped the Satire and switched the setting to Arizona. A test rabbit full of experimental hormones breaks loose and breeds with local rabbits. Suddenly hordes of gigantic ...

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. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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