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Lovegrove, James

(1965-    ) UK author who also writes as Jay Amory (note play on his name) and has set crosswords for UK newspapers as Jael; his first novel, The Hope (1990) – set on a vast ocean liner as evocative of the topos of the Ship of Fools as it is of the Generation Starship or the Pocket Universe – is vigorously Equipoisal in a manner typical of his work as whole. His second novel, Escardy Gap (1996) with Peter Crowther, a Godgame gone out of control in a town driven ...

Gunnels, Jen

Working name of US author and genre Theatre critic Jennifer Sue Gunnels (1968-    ), who has also published relevant work under her birth name Jennifer Sue Balloon and her previous married name Jennifer Sue Moore; she has a doctorate in Theatre History and Performance Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her book reviews began to appear in Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction in 2008, and her sf theatre reviews have been a regular feature since 2010 of The ...

Haiblum, Isidore

(1935-2012) US author, born, educated and based in New York, where he set much of his fiction. The humour expressed in his novels is Yiddish in style (Haiblum was himself a Jew), especially in his first sf novel, The Tsaddik of the Seven Wonders (1971). Haiblum wrote a fluent though sometimes rather disarranged kind of comic sf, of which The Wilk Are Among Us (1975; rev 1979) is a representative example, with its amusingly overcomplicated plot, its frenetic spoofing of the Aliens-in-our-midst ...

Moesta, Rebecca

(1956-    ) German-born US author, married to Kevin J Anderson, who in her solo work has concentrated mostly on Ties to the Star Wars universe, beginning with Star Wars: Junior Jedi Knights: Anakin's Quest (1997), and with one title, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Little Things (2002), contributed to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer sequence. Earlier, with her husband, she collaborated in many volumes of the Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights sequence, beginning with Star Wars: Young Jedi ...

Knausgaard, Karl Ove

(1968-    ) Norwegian author, who does not normally use the Norwegian spelling of his surname, Knausgård, for translated works; best-known for the sustained, multi-volume, dedicatedly nonfantastic, autofictional Mir Kemp [My Struggle] sequence beginning with Om høsten (2015; trans Martin Aitken as Autumn 2017) [the sequence is not included in Checklist below]. His first novel, Ute av verden ["Out of the World"] (1998) incorporates an extended narrative, ...

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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