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Rosewater, Frank

(1856-1934) US reformer and author whose arguments about the Utopia – focused on a reiterated argument that all income should be spent in the year of its earning – shape his obscurely told fictions. Two are of some interest: '96: A Romance of Utopia (1894; vt Utopia: A Romance of Today 1894) [for subtitles for this and the next title cited, see Checklist], whose protagonists travel by balloon to a Lost World in Africa, where the state of Lukka exemplifies Rosewater's theses; and ...

Gallion, Jane

(1938-2003) US poet and author, best known for gonzo pornography, the only sf example of which is Biker (1969), a Post-Holocaust tale set in a California dominated by bikers and Drug-cults, and other manifestations of hippy culture gone haywire, in which the repeated acts of rape inflicted on the protagonist are conveyed realistically, and conspicuously without auctorial relish. "Beneath the Bermuda Triangle" (June 1979 Galaxy) lacks the focus generated by her angry take on Sex. She also edited ...

Gwylan, Sally

(?   -2021) US author who attended the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop and began to publish work of genre interest with the Flash Fiction story "Salt" in The Infinite Matrix for 12 August 2002, followed by "In the Icehouse" (March 2003 Asimov's). The latter novelette forms part of her only novel A Wind Out of Canaan (2012), described on its title page as book one of the sequence Away Yonder; a projected second volume, «A Singing in the Bones», did not ...

Smith, Andrew [2]

(1959-    ) US teacher, journalist and author, mostly of fantasy tales for the Young Adult market, including the Equipoisal Marbury Lens sequence beginning with The Marbury Lens (2010), whose traumatized young protagonist gains sight of – or imagines he gains sight of – an Alternate World called Marbury, which both obsesses him and demands his salvatory allegiance. Of greater direct sf interest is the Grasshopper Jungle sequence beginning with Grasshopper Jungle ...

Monkey Punch

(1937-2019) Working name of Kazuhiko Katō, a Japanese Manga artist, largely remembered for a crime caper series (see Crime and Punishment) with frequent crossovers into Equipoise and the Technothriller. His first few strips were published as by Kazuhiko Katō, a pseudonym written with different characters, but pronounced the same as his real name. He reluctantly allowed his editor to call him "Monkey Punch" on what was supposed to be a short-lived, three-month job, the crime series ...

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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