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Adair, Gilbert

(1944-2011) Scottish literary theorist, critic, translator and author, in France 1968-1980, subsequently in the UK. His fiction has some fantasy interest, including his two Sequels by Other Hands for Young Adult readers, Alice Through the Needle's Eye (1984) and Peter Pan and the Only Children (1987), respectively sequelling Lewis Carroll and James Barrie (1830-1937); his adult novels – though they engage their protagonists in extreme situations, and explore thin partitions between Cinema ...

Asher, Neal

(1961-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Another England" for Back Brain Recluse #14 in Autumn 1989, and who published stories with some frequency in the 1990s, though without gaining much attention; during this period, he published several individual volumes, most of them short, including Mindgames: Fool's Mate (1992) and The Parasite (1996 chap). There were several assemblies of shorter material, the most substantial of these being The ...

Ingalls, Rachel

(1940-2019) US-born author, in the UK from 1965, most of whose work balances in edgy Equipoise between sharp social comedy and Fabulation or Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. At least two of her short novels are of sf interest: Theft (1970 chap; exp as coll, vt Theft; And, the Man Who Was Left Behind 1970) tells the story of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (whose name does not appear) in terms that imply (but do not assert) that the events recounted could be taking ...

"X" [2]

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of The Setting Sun: An Ante-Dated Picture for a People (1904), a spoof Future War tale in which Britain defeats East Midasland; the Satire is no more taxing than that found in P G Wodehouse's better-known The Swoop (1909). [JC]

Hunt, Walter H

(1959-    ) US computer programmer and author whose Dark Wing sequence of Military SF adventures – comprising The Dark Wing (2001), The Dark Path (2003), The Dark Ascent (2004) and The Dark Crusade (2005) – traverses an unusually long time-span from the first volume, featuring the dominating human admiral nicknamed the Black Wing who sacrifices himself to resolve the war between humanity and the Alien zor; later volumes carry the epic, with some attendant ...

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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