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Harkon, Franz

Pseudonym of unidentified UK author, known almost solely for the entirely unremarkable Space Express Security sequence of Space Operas, the first and third being published as by Astron Del Martia, and the middle title as by Franz Harkon [see Checklist]. As Harkon, this author also published some short fiction. [JC]

Krol, Torsten

(?   -    ) Australian author, whose reclusiveness has led to unconfirmed speculations that Torsten Krol is a pseudonym. His first novel, The Dolphin People (2006) skirts the fantastic in its depiction of the extreme behaviour of a German family (including at least one war criminal) whose plane has crashed in the Amazonian jungle just after World War Two, and who must convince the tribe that discovers them that they are in fact descended from dolphins. ...

Burstein, Michael A

(1970-    ) US author, science teacher (with a Harvard degree and Boston University Master's in Physics) and science textbook editor who began to publish fiction of genre interest with "TeleAbsence" for Analog in July 1995, a Hugo finalist. He contributed several squibs to the same magazine's Probability Zero department (see Flash Fiction), beginning with "Sentimental Value" (October 1995 Analog). Further short work, chiefly Hard SF, has appeared in SF Magazine and Original ...

Miller, Richard

(1925-2006) US author whose Snail (1984) is a satirical Time-Travel tale in which the Wandering Jew and a Prussian soldier traverse a late-twentieth-century USA, viewing with dismay the New Age trash – both psychic and physical – which chokes the land, and en route meeting Kilgore Trout (see Kurt Vonnegut Jr). The SQUED sequence comprising Squed (1989) and Sowboy (1991) is sf Fabulation. [JC]

Unferth, Deb Olin

(1968-    ) US author initially noted for her short stories, most of which have been assembled as Minor Robberies (coll 2007) and Wait Till You See Me Dance (coll 2017), many of them surreally apophthegmatic. She is of sf interest for Barn 8 (2020), a narrative which edges by steps into the very Near Future as Climate Change hits and an animal-liberation freeing of battery chickens goes sour when they turn feral. Elements of Beast Fable [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under ...

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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