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Osborne, Karen

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Retirement" in Aiofe's Kiss for December 2008; her Memory War sequence beginning with Architects of Memory (2020) is a Hard SF Space Opera, containing elements of Military SF. set in an interstellar environment with resemblances to traditional Galactic Empires out of the SF Megatext, with vast corporations dominating huge sectors of inhabited space. The action depends on the discovery by ...

Erdman, Paul E

(1932-2007) Canadian-born author (of American parents), in US and Europe most of his life; consulting economist in 1958 to the European Coal and Steel Community, and a senior banker in Switzerland – where he spent eight months in jail awaiting trial on financial charges before skipping bail; he also broadcast widely. His thrillers – some of them being genuine Near-Future sf of an interesting kind – make extensive use of his experiences as an investment banker, and tend to ...


Highly informal UK fan group of the 1970s, several of whose members later became sf professionals. Based in London, Ratfandom and its satellites produced some of the most literate, witty and scurrilous Fanzines in that fertile period for UK Fandom; these included Big Scab (1974, 3 issues) edited by John Brosnan, Macrocosm (1971-1972, 3 issues) edited by Robert P Holdstock, Magic Pudding (1973, 1 issue) edited by Malcolm Edwards, Seamonsters (1978-1979, 4 issues) edited by Simone Walsh, Stop ...

Ogawa Yōko

(1962-    ) Japanese author, active from the late 1980s. Of her prolific output, the 1990 title story of The Diving Pool: Three Novellas (coll trans Stephen Snyder from various sources 2008) won the Shirley Jackson Award for 2008. She is of sf interest for Hisoyaka na kesshō (1994; trans Stephen Snyder as The Memory Police 2019), a somewhat abstract but intensely narrated Dystopian tale set in something like the Near Future on an isolated Island whose inhabitants are ...

Traviss, Karen

(?   -    ) UK-born soldier, advertising copywriter, journalist and author, in US from the early years of the twenty-first century, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Orchids" in Neverworlds for February 1999, with occasional short work appearing until around 2007. From early in her career, however, she has focused on Series: the non-tie Wess'har Wars sequence comprising City of Pearl (2004), Crossing the Line (2004), The World Before (2005), ...

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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