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Kavanagh, John Patrick

(1950-    ) US author of Sixers (1989; vt Camden's Knife 2014), a Near Future sf thriller set at the turn of the millennium; it revolves around the mystery of the eponymous sixers, young people immune to an opportunistic disease (see Medicine). The sequel in the Macroglint series is Weekend in Prism (2016), with a third volume projected. [JC/DRL]

Hiller, Neil W

(1947-1989) US author of some works of sf interest, all in collaboration with his wife, B B Hiller, who see for details. [JC]

Hossain, Saad Z

(?   -    ) Bangladeshi author whose first novel, Baghdad Immortals (2013; vt Escape from Baghdad! 2015), treats the world of Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein as a surreal nightmare (see Imperialism; Satire; War); the tale traces the appalled and appalling "antics" of its two protagonists as they attempt to smuggle a torturer out of the land he has helped destroy. It is possible to detect Time Distortions as the hegira continues into darkness. Djinn City ...

Burgess, Anthony

Working name of UK author and composer John Anthony Burgess Wilson (1917-1993), known primarily for his work outside the sf field; as a composer he worked under his full name. Trained in English literature and phonetics, Burgess taught at home and in Malaysia 1946-1960, then returned to the UK (though later moved to Monaco) and became a full-time Protean man of letters, novelist, musician, composer and specialist in Shakespeare and James Joyce. Devil of a State (1961), set in an imaginary ...

Hoyle, Geoffrey

(1941-    ) UK author, author of several sf novels with his father, Fred Hoyle (whom see for details). 2010: Living in the Future (1972) is a nonfiction exercise in Futures Studies for children. [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, 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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