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Butler, Jack

(1944-    ) US author and college teacher, much of whose fiction – like his first novel, Jujitsu for Christ (1986) – has dealt in non-fantastic terms with his native US South, though always with a sometimes gonzo sense that the envelope of mimesis must be pushed to capture his native territory. In this he is similar to southern regionalists such as Fred Chappell and Donald Harington, but is more inclined to opt for sf effects, as in his second novel, Nightshade ...

Spencer, K A

(?   -    ) US author of Days Gone By (1999), a Time Travel tale whose protagonist, thrust back to 1926 America, makes a life there. [JC]

Thomas, Rob

(1965-    ) US author responsible for three Ties to the X-Files universe in the Shared World X-Files Young Adults Series, beginning with Control (1997) as by Everett Owens. Under his own name, his Young Adult tale Green Thumb (1999) features a young protagonist who discovers, while spending his summer vacation, that the intertwined trees of the tropical rain forest are able to communicate with one another. At the same time, a plot to Poison the jungle through invasive ...

Jackson, David

(?   -    ) UK author whose first novel, Bugz :Contact (2008), introduces an extended First Contact drama into Near Future Britain; the Aliens, who have been in existence since the Big Bang (see Cosmology), are sub-atomic, and seem to be very busy: Jackson's exceedingly frequent use of the letter "z" may be an attempt at onomatopoeia. [JC]

Fraser, Ronald

(1888-1974) UK soldier, civil servant and author, in active service during World War One until an injury left him permanently disabled. Most of his work, like his first novel, The Flying Draper (1924; rev 1931), utilizes fantasy or sf devices – in this initial case levitation (see Telekinesis) – to create allegorical or philosophical arguments, unmistakably influenced by H G Wells: the draper in this first novel, for instance, finds that the ability to fly enforces almost literally ...

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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