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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...

Eagleton, Terry

Working name of UK journalist, critic, literary theorist and author Terence Eagleton (1943-    ), active from the mid-1960s. The combination of an adventurous and contentious Marxism (shaped in part by his long combative association with Raymond Williams), and a sophisticatedly undoctrinaire quasi-Christian theism (which noncombatants might fail to distinguish from deism, even as heated as here) marks him as being not dishonourable of ...

Haraway, Donna J

(1944-    ) US academic, Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness Department and Feminist Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her critical works operate at the intersection between science and Feminism. One highly influential and much discussed paper was "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s" (1985 Socialist Review #80), exploring ...

Hawke, Simon

(1951-    ) US author who first published under his birth name, Nicholas (Valentin) Yermakov, but has written as Hawke (now his legal name) since 1984. His career began with some sf adventure novels and the Boomerang series, all composed in a baroque idiom, but he soon settled into more settled pursuits, writing several unpretentious sf and fantasy series as Hawke and Military SF as by J D Masters. As Yermakov his most interesting work ...

Waddell, Patricia

(1951-2016) US accountant and author, usually of historical romances, whose Blood sequence beginning with True Blood (2006) involves its Space Opera cast – an empathic investigator and a ruthless field agent – in interstellar romantic entanglements. Two singletons are also of sf interest: The Alliance (2000), involving a reluctant romance between the Alien governor of the planet Pyrali and ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...



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