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Whitehead, Colson

(1970-    ) US author, much of whose work is nonfantastic, though his first novel, The Intuitionist (1999), hovers Equipoisally between Alternate History and Fabulation in its depiction of two groups of elevator operators in conflict as to the metaphysical nature of the elevator as such; one faction plans to build an elevator unfettered to the empirical past, which will take its people – in this case Black Americans – into the future. Zone One (2011) is a Near ...

Maxon, J G

(?   -    ) US author of two unremarkable Technothrillers, Progeny (1989) and Lethal Delivery (1991). [JC]

Halperin, James L

(1952-    ) US numismatist, businessman and author of two sf novels of interest: The Truth Machine (1996) generates a positive read from the Invention of a fool-proof Lie Detector, though Near Future America is subjected to some turmoil; and The First Immortal (1998), a Sleeper Awakes tale in which an entire family awakens from frozen sleep (see Cryogenics) into a Utopian America where Immortality is possible. [JC]

Wheldon, David

(1950-    ) UK physician and author whose first novel, The Viaduct (1983), is typical of his work in general through its treatment of our Perceptions of reality as essentially indeterminable; for the released prisoner at the heart of this tale, the eponymous viaduct insecurely serves as a kind of threshold, perhaps into another Dimension. The Course of Instruction (1984) entangles its protagonist in a bureaucratic organization as inextricable as one of Franz Kafka's. In A ...

Huberman, Carl

Pseudonym of an unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of Near Future tales with a Technothriller atmosphere. These include Eminent Domain (1996), about an assassin who (though himself legally dead) is able to use Sex to kill his victims; Welcome to the 51st State (1999), very thriller-like in its telling of the story of an Amnesia victim in a changed world, all focusing on the mysterious Area 51; and Kingdom Come (2000), a tale of Paranoia and Alien Invasion and ...

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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