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Theroux, Marcel

(1968-    ) Uganda-born broadcaster and author, in UK from early childhood, son of Paul Theroux. Of his novels, The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes: A Paper Chase (2001) hints at the fantastic in its conflation of a recently dead relative of the narrator and Mycroft Holmes (see Sherlock Holmes); and The Secret Books (2017), by treating the past century of European history as a story that Story itself makes more real, generates a sense that the anachronisms that suffuse it ...

Ahern, Jerry

Working name of US author Jerome Morrell Ahern (1946-2012), most of whose output consisted of violent Weapons-oriented Post-Holocaust novels, most notably in his Survivalist sequence, in which ex-CIA agent John Rourke attempts to preserve his family after a global nuclear conflict. This is perhaps the most influential series in the subgenre of Survivalist Fiction. The first arc of the sequence begins with The Survivalist #1: Total War (1981) and ends with The Survivalist #17: The Ordeal (1988). ...

Tronchin-James, Nevil

(1916-1990) UK author of Ministry of Procreation (1968), a Satire for Robert Hale Limited whose target is the bureaucratization of Sex in Near-Future Britain. [JC]

Dunn, Mark

(1956-    ) US author and playwright who is of both sf and Oulipo interest for his first novel Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable (2001), whose premise echoes James Thurber's The Wonderful O (1957 chap) – in which the titular O is banned from speech and writing – and ventures further with a steady loss of letters from the alphabet. The imaginary land of Nollop reveres the author of the well-known pangrammatic sentence "The quick brown ...

Miller, Walter M, Jr

(1923-1996) US author who before beginning to publish served in World War Two as a pilot, flying combat missions; he then converted to Catholicism, in 1947. Miller began publishing sf with "Secret of the Death Dome" in Amazing in 1951, and over the ten years of his active writing career released about forty more tales, many of which had a deep impact upon the field. During the 1950s, a time when US sf tended to express its new-found interest in character through stories whose rigid formulae ...

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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