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Stauber, Katy

(1976-    ) US author whose first novel, Revolution World (2011), is a Hard SF tale set in a Near Future America after the full effects of Climate Change; the protagonist, whose advances in Genetic Engineering are coveted by a combination of international corporation and a corrupt military, leads her into a Libertarian revolt centred in Texas. The tale is told with exuberance. Spin the Sky (2012) replays Homer's Odyssey (circa 700 BCE), with an intricately and plausibly ...

Duntemann, Jeff

(1952-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Our Lady of the Endless Sky" in Nova 4 (anth 1974) edited by Harry Harrison. His Drumlin series, comprising "Drumlin Boiler" (April 2002 Asimov's), Drumlin Circus (2011 dos) and On Gossamer Wings (2011 chap dos), both with James R Strickland, follows the lives of the several hundred passengers and crew of a broken-down interstellar cruiser, which has been forced to land on a currently uninhabited planet, ...

Oliver, Jerome

(1886-?   ) US author of Khan, Phantom Emperor of 1940 (1934), a Near Future tale in which a threatened world conflagration, as plotted by the eponymous aspirant to world domination (see Yellow Peril), is averted. [JC]

Adair, James B

(?   -2018) US author of the WWIII: Behind the Lines series whose three titles are WWIII: Behind the Lines: Target Texas (1990), WWIII: Behind the Lines: Target Nuke (1990) and WWIII: Behind the Lines: Target Iran (1991), all with Gordon Rottman, who is the author of several nonfiction books on military subjects; and of the Deepcore Technothriller series comprising Deepcore (1991), Boomer Down (1992) and Crash Dive (1992), all solo. Neither series is remarkable. [JC]

Tuck, Donald H

(1922-2010) Australian bibliographer and industrial manager whose bibliographical labours in sf since the late 1940s were among the most extensive in the field since the pioneering work of Everett F Bleiler. In recent decades his publications have been partially superseded, but they comprise one of the foundation Bibliographies upon which later workers have built; the increasing sophistication and breadth of coverage of his bibliographical work can be traced through the successive versions of ...

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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