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Yuknavitch, Lidia

(1963-    ) US academic and author, perhaps best known for a memoir, The Chronology of Water (2010), in which she unpacks her difficult but ultimately fruitful life which, like much of her fiction, powerfully embraces linkages between violence, Sex, affirmation, and the body (especially the female body) as a field of play to be engraved upon, as in earlier novels like Her Other Mouths (1997) or The Small Backs of Children (2015), whose extremities seem to edge into the ...

Digest

A term used to describe a Magazine format, in contrast to, for example, Slick or Pulp, which are both larger. The format was made popular by the Reader's Digest, which first appeared in February 1922, though at that time the word "digest" meant that the magazine was presenting a selection of material from a wide range of other sources and thus making it "digestible" to the reader. The word referred to the content, not the size, but that original meaning has long since been superseded. / The ...

Crane, Elizabeth

Pseudonym of Dan S Trent (1946-    ) and Lynda Trent (1942-    ), US authors of a Time Travel historical romance, Reflections in Time (1992), which carries its troubled protagonist from contemporary times to 1880s Louisiana; most of their work is paranormal romance, and is not listed here. This "Crane" should not be confused with the New York-born Elizabeth Crane whose first book is When the Messenger Is Hot (coll 2006). [JC]

Fry, Stephen

(1957-    ) UK actor and author, known for his versatility and wit, perhaps most widely famous for the role of Jeeves in the television series of P G Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster (1990-1993) and more recently as a popular pundit on the social network Twitter. Of his several novels, Making History (1996), a complex Time Travel tale whose outcome is an Alternate History, is sf; it received a Sidewise Award. An attempt to sterilize Hitler's parents before his conception ...

Dunn, J R

(1953-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Long Knives" for L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (anth 1987) edited by A J Budrys; a later story, "Crux Gammata" (October 1992 Asimov's) is an interesting Hitler Wins tale. This Side of Judgment (1994), Dunn's first novel, posits a Cyberpunk-coloured future America in which a pyrrhic military victory over a cabal of South American drug dealers and Leftist dictators has driven the country even further down the ...

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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