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McGuire, Patrick L

(1949-    ) US researcher whose Princeton doctoral thesis was revised as a book, Red Stars: Political Aspects of Soviet Science Fiction (1985), one of the more useful sources on sf in Russia, although carrying the story only as far as 1976. McGuire translated Vozvrashchenie (Polden'. 22-i vek) (1962; rev as Polden', XXII vek (Vozvrashchenie) 1967; the latter trans as Noon: 22nd Century 1978 US) by Arkady and Boris Strugatski, and wrote the chapter on Russian sf in Anatomy of ...

Martin-Magog, Alder

(?   -?   ) UK author of an sf novel, Man or Ape? (1933), featuring an Identity Transfer of a man's consciousness into an ape's brain, the consequences of which (see Apes as Human) are discomforting. [JC]

De Bolt, Joe

(1939-    ) US sociologist and university professor who in the 1970s edited useful critical anthologies on John Brunner and Ursula K Le Guin, contributing his own bio-bibliographical researches to both. These are The Happening Worlds of John Brunner: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction (anth 1975) and Ursula K. Le Guin: Voyager to Inner Lands and to Outer Space (anth 1979). De Bolt wrote further essays on Brunner, on modern sf in general and on Sam Moskowitz for various ...

Shearman, Robert

(1970-    ) UK playwright, scriptwriter and author, most of whose fiction has been fantasy, sometimes with an Horror in SF coloration; Zombies have for instance appeared in such tales as Granny's Grinning (in The Dead That Walk, anth 2009; 2015 ebook). His numerous plays, beginning in the early 1990s but none seemingly published, are adventurous, innovative, show the influence of his mentor Alan Ayckbourn; but do not directly range into the fantastic. / Shearman is ...

Moriarty, Chris

(1968-    ) US author whose Spin sequence of high-tech Space Operas – comprising Spin State (2003), Spin Control (2006), which won the Philip K Dick Award in 2007, and Ghost Spin (2013) – expertly embeds genuinely hard Hard SF concepts in a narrative dominated by a fast-mouthed female protagonist named Li with Cyberpunk-derived street-cred. The underlying premise – "quantum entanglements", possible at just a little above absolute zero, can motor AIs of ...

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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