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Ekpeki, Oghenechovwe Donald

(?   -    ) Nigerian editor and author who has also punctuated his name as Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald; he began to publish work of genre interest with "The Witching Hour" in Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Stories for 23 April 2018. Most of his work can be understood as Horror, though it is clear that some traditional generic distinctions are "sorted" very differently in the Afrofuturism to which he has contributed as editor and author. His story "O2 Arena" ...

Reese, Jenn

(1970-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Valkyrie" in Sword and Sorceress XVII (anth 2000) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley; many of her best stories were assembled as Tales of the Chinese Zodiac (coll of linked stories 2006 ebook); Jade Tiger (2006) is a martial arts fantasy. Of sf interest is the Young Adult Above World sequence beginning with Above World (2012), set many years after Overpopulation has induced large numbers of Genetically ...

Andreae, Johann Valentin

(1586-1654) German theologian and author, whose name has also appeared as Andreä, and who was long credited with the authorship of all three early seventeenth-century texts describing the purported ancient group or Pariah Elite known as the Rosicrucians; he is now credited only with the third of them, the conspicuously fictional Chymische Hochzeit Christians Rosenkreutz ["The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz"] (1616; trans E Foxcroft as The Hermetick Romance, or the Chymical ...

Seaborn, Adam

Pseudonym of the unidentified author of the well-written Symzonia: A Voyage of Discovery (1820), which sets a Utopia inside a Hollow Earth, and which contains some good-tempered Satire of America aboveground. Some commentators – including J O Bailey, who edited a 1965 facsimile edition of the original text – have assumed Seaborn to have been Captain John Cleves Symmes, whose hollow-earth theories are exploited in the book, and who see for further discussion. It is the case, however, ...

Thompson, W R

(1955-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Perceptions" in Analog for November 1983, and who has published several Hard SF stories, often in the same magazine, over the past thirty years. His only series are Ties to the Star Trek universe, in the Star: The Next Generation sequence, beginning with Star Trek: The Next Generation: Debtor's Planet (1994). His only independent novel, Sideshow (1988), set in a Near Future America riven by sects, most ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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