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Clough, Brenda W

(1955-    ) US author, initially of the fantasy Averidan series, as B W Clough, beginning with The Crystal Crown (1984), and latterly of the Suburban Gods sequence, comprising How Like a God (1997) and Doors of Death and Life (2000), in which occult fantasy consorts, not entirely easily, with Near Future sf as Gilgamesh's Pearl of Immortality passes from Edwin Barbarossa (who retains his Immortality) to the protagonist, whose Psi Powers are called into use after his ...

Piziks, Steven

(1967-    ) US author, who also writes as by Steven Harper, and who began publishing work of genre interest with "Hoard" in Sword and Sorcerers IX (anth 1992) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. He is noted in particular for two series: the In the Company of Mind sequence comprising In the Company of Mind (1998) and Corporate Mentality (1999), whose young protagonist, in a universe dominated by Nanoware, discovers within his own augmented body a governing AI, with whom he must ...

Doolittle, Sean

(1971-    ) US author almost exclusively of crime thrillers; of some sf interest is Kill Monster (2019), in which a 150-year old Golem, excavated in Steampunk fashion from a landlocked ship in Kansas, continues its mission to execute a now-long-dead criminal, fastening its attention on the criminal's descendant. The action is compactly spoofish. [JC]

Bergonzi, Bernard

(1929-2016) UK literary academic, critic and poet, latterly Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Warwick, who began to publish essays of genre interest with "The Publication of The Time Machine, 1894-1895" (February 1960 Review of English Studies) and "The Time Machine: An Ironic Myth" (December 1960 Critical Quarterly). His many nonfiction works include a useful examination of the sf or Scientific Romances of H G Wells, The Early H.G. Wells: A Study of the Scientific Romances ...

Snow, C P

(1905-1980) UK scientific administrator or boffin and author, best known for the long Strangers and Brothers sequence of novels, several of which deal intimately with science and the scientific establishment, though even The Search (1958) stays demurely within the bounds of the possible. In Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution (1959), nonfiction, he famously suggested that science and the humanities had indeed become "two cultures", a phrase which has become part of the language. His ...

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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