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Malamud, Bernard

(1914-1986) US author whose fiction, beginning with The Natural (1952), a mythopoeic tale of US Baseball set in a modestly fabulated New York, makes use of techniques and motifs from Russian-Jewish folklore and story-telling traditions, with the result that many of his short stories are technically fantasies. His only novel of strong genre interest, God's Grace (1982), mixes sf and fable – at times uneasily (see Equipoise) – in the tale of a lone Last Man survivor of a nuclear ...

Morley, Felix

(1894-1982) US author, brother of Christopher Morley, whose Gumption Island: A Fantasy of Co-Existence (1956) features a Russian super-Weapon which knocks some Americans on an Island back millions of years in time (see Timeslip). [JC]

Leckie, Ann

(1966-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Hesperia and Glory" in Subterranean for Summer 2006, and is also publisher/editor of the Online Magazine GigaNotoSaurus (which see). Her Imperial Radch sequence begins with Ancillary Justice (2013), a complexly couched Space Opera set several millennia hence, in various interstellar venues dominated by the aggressively expanding Radchaai Galactic Empire, in the service of which the protagonist Breq had ...

DeSmedt, Bill

(?   -    ) US computer programmer and author, whose Near Future Archon Sequence, comprising Singularity (2004) and Dualism (2014), dramatizes the Jackson-Ryan Hypothesis that the 1908 Tunguska explosion in Siberia was caused by a microscopic Black Hole, which remains at the Earth's core and threatens the End of the World. The similarities to Greg Bear's The Forge of God (1987), in which a not dissimilar destruction from within is caused by Aliens, are ...


Pseudonym of Indian-born soldier and author Martin L Gompertz (1886-1951), probably in UK from infancy. His adventure novels, usually set in remote regions of Asia and show very clearly the influence of H Rider Haggard; several are of sf interest, the best-known being perhaps the two novels making up the Harilek/Sakaeland sequence, Harilek: A Romance of Modern Central Asia (1923) and Wrexham's Romance: Being a Continuation of Harilek (1935), both assembled as Adventures in Sakaland: Comprising ...

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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