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Lowry, Lois

(1937-    ) US author of Young Adult novels whose strong-hewed intensity is clearly manifest in the Giver series starting with The Giver (1993), Gathering Blue (2000) and Messenger (2004), all three tales set in Pocket Universe enclaves in what may be a planetary Ruined Earth venue, though no engendering catastrophe is clearly indicated, over and above the destructiveness in general of Homo sapiens. In the first ostensibly harmonious world of the first volume, which won a ...

Terrill, Cristin

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, the Young Adult All Our Yesterdays (2013), confronts Time Paradox issues with surprising and salutary harshness, as the Near Future versions of the two contemporary young protagonists struggle with themselves and each other. Em/Marina must attempt to prevent her/their disturbingly attractive friend from creating a terrible future through the Invention of a Time Machine, but each attempt ends in disaster. The climax, ...

Snyder, Gene

(1943-    ) US academic and author; with William Jon Watkins (whom see for details), he published two sf novels, Ecodeath (1972) as E V Snyder and The Litany of Sh'reev (1976). His solo works include Mind War (1980), The Ogden Enigma (1980) – in which the US military must deal with the fact that it has repressed all evidence that a UFO landed in 1950, a matter of urgency because the UFO now wants to go home – Dark Dreaming (1981), Tomb Seven (1985), a fantasy, ...

Renwick, Brett L

(?   -    ) UK author of Wired for Chaos (2005), a late example of Cyberpunk whose noir protagonist, a pro in Virtual Reality contact sports, must go down fully-wired mean streets to discover the criminal who decapitated his girl-friend. [JC]

Harris, MacDonald

Pseudonym used by US academic and author Donald William Heiney (1921-1993) for most of his fiction from 1947 on; though composed in a smooth and accessible style, his novels (all as by Harris) tend significantly and non-mimetically to foreground any elements of fantasy (see Fabulation) with which they may deal. Bull Fire (1973) treats a modern family romance in terms of the myth of the Minotaur. The Balloonist (1976) recounts a failed 1897 Balloon expedition to the North Pole in terms ...

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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