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Sher, Antony

(1949-    ) South African-born actor and author, mostly in UK from 1968; of his four novels, The Feast (1998) incorporates sf elements into a complexly Equipoisal narrative set in an unnamed Near Future African state after its brutal dictator has been deposed and (seemingly) killed. This profound disruption to the reality structure of the fragile state causes literal convulsions in the Perception of reality, which sometimes oppresses with a Magic Realist clarity, but ...

Fabi, Mark

(1955-    ) US author of Wyrm (1998), a Near Future tale in which, as the Millennium approaches, apprehension grows about a worldwide Computer virus (or worm/wyrm) which may gird the planet dragon-like once unleashed; the protagonist scours Virtual Reality worlds, playing Games there, in search of the potential AI. Red Mercury (2003), is a Technothriller whose contents run just shy of the fantastic. [JC]

McLaughlin, N Monroe

(1830-1907) US teacher and author of The Last Man: A Novel (1900), couched as the autobiography of the last Union survivor of the American Civil War; his narrative extends to 1926, when America has become a clement Utopia. [JC]

Ingermanson, Randall

(1958-    ) US author in whose City of God sequence of Christian Time Travel tales – comprising Transgression (2000), Premonition (2003) and Retribution (2004) – a Jewish physicist initiates a plot to kill the apostle Paul; further volumes in the sequence continue to explore post-Biblical times. The Near Future Oxygen sequence – comprising Oxygen: A Mission Gone Desperately Wrong and No Way Out Short of Blind Faith (2001) with John B Olson and The Fifth Man ...


UK prog-rock band, comprising vocalist Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe (1947-    ), keyboard player Rick Wakeman, bassist Chris Squire (1948-2015) and drummer Alan White (1949-2022). Yes's brand of prog has always veered towards the mystic-cosmic-astrological, and music therefore that, however technically well-made, is often dippy and rather wet. It is true that they started as a harder-edged band (their 1969 eponymous debut album is full of a fierce guitar-edged energy), ...

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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