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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 ...

Johnston, E K

(?   -    ) Canadian archaeologist and author, active in fan fiction (see Fandom) from 2002; she has specialized in Young Adult fantasy from her first series, the Dragon Slayer of Trondheim sequence beginning with The Story of Owen (2014) and the Thousand Nights sequence beginning with A Thousand Nights (2015), which retells material from the Nights [for ...

Keehn, Michael

(?   -    ) US real-estate agent and author of Waffled (1997), in which a drugged fisherman trolls in inter-Dimensional waters, where he finds Aliens bent on conquering Earth. [JC]

Appleton, Jane Sophia

(1816-1884) US editor and author of regional texts, focused primarily on Bangor, Maine; Voices from the Kenduskeag (anth 1848) with Cornelia Crosby Barrett, assembles poems and stories for a local audience, some fantastical; much of the material seems to be directly by Appleton. Of sf interest in the book are "Vision of Bangor in the Twentieth Century" and "Sequel to the Vision of Bangor", in which a distant Near Future Bangor is seen as a ...

Lampton, Chris

(1950-    ) US author who began writing sf with "The Most Dangerous Man in the World" for Void in 1975 with David F Bischoff, also collaborating with Bischoff on his first novel, The Seeker (1976); he continued his short active career with two further competent sf adventures, Cross of Empire (1976) and Gateway to Limbo (1979). [JC]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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