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Weil, Josh

(1976-    ) US author whose first work was a nonfantastic collection, The New Valley: Novellas (coll 2009); his first novel, The Great Glass Sea (2014), should probably be thought in terms of Fantastika broadly conceived rather than primarily as sf. Though it is technically set not in a vague very Near Future but rather in an Alternate History ...

Expanded Horizons

US low-paying downloadable Online Magazine of Speculative Fiction, edited by D Ash (known as Dash) of Drums, Pennsylvania, and produced by J Cady (known as Jacie). Published monthly, with occasional gaps, since October 2008. It has been on hiatus since issue #60 (September 2018). / The magazine's stated mission is "to increase diversity in the field of speculative fiction" and provide a venue "so that ...

Haig, Matt

(1975-    ) UK author perhaps best known for his work for children and the Young Adult market, though his first novel, The Last Family in England (2004; vt The Labrador Pact 2009), is a Beast Fable retelling William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One (performed 1597; 1598) with an animal cast. The Dead Fathers Club (2006) is a ghost story which ...


It is not a subject that naturally lends itself to dramatic storytelling, but agriculture is nonetheless the activity that has long been the primary source of food for humans, and it will likely remain essential, in one form or another, in the future. Thus, some sf writers who look beyond heroic adventures to more broadly consider the future fate of humanity have addressed this mundane but vital profession. Sf stories about agriculture can be roughly categorized as follows: depictions of ...

Noyes, P J

(1844-?   ) US author whose collection of spoofish tales about the medical profession, Why Doctor Dobson Became a Quack and Other Stories (coll 1910), contains several sf stories, at least on of which involves out-of-contro Inventions. Parker Jewitt Noyes should not be confused with Parker Jewett Noyes (1842-1912), an eminent druggist. [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. ...

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