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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...

Doyle, Richard

(1948-2017) UK author whose Near Future Disaster tale, Deluge (1976), drowns London in time-honoured fashion, as does Flood (2002). One may be a version of the other; it has not yet been possible to compare texts. [JC]

Longyear, Barry B

(1942-    ) US author and editor who ran a printing company with his wife before beginning to write in 1977. He soon published his first sf story, "The Tryouts" in Asimov's for November/December 1978. Before his 1981 hospitalization for alcoholism and addiction to prescription drugs – an experience which formed the basis of his non-sf novel Saint Mary Blue (1988) – he had already published prolifically, sometimes as by ...

Vidal, Gore

(1925-2012) US playwright, screenwriter, journalist and author, from the 1950s until 2003 resident in Italy, active from around 1945; though most of his work was nonfantastic, he is of interest in the context of this encyclopedia for a surprising range of works of the fantastic, exhibiting a cavalier intimacy with his material that makes it hard to think of him as a Mainstream Writer of SF. He is also of interest for several volumes of essays, ...

Gann, Ernest K

(1910-1991) US author, usually of thrillers, whose Brain 2000 (1980) is an sf spoof on Ecology, in which the extraction of oil from parts of the world causes gravitational and orbital disturbances. A smart child (see Children in SF) solves all our problems. [JC]

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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