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Sussex, Lucy

(1957-    ) New Zealand-born author and critic, mostly in Australia since 1971; she began publishing work of genre interest with "The Parish and Mrs Brown" in Dreamworks: Strange New Stories (anth 1983) edited by David King, the first of a number of interesting sf Fabulations like "The Lipton Village Society" (in Strange Attractors, anth 1985, edited by Damien Broderick), in which alienated people create an Alternate History by force of will. These two and "My Lady Tongue" ...

Swigart, Rob

Working name of US author and academic Eugene Robison Swigart (1941-    ), whose novels, from Little America (1977) on, have been Fabulations composed in a flamboyantly brisk gonzo style through which, like Kurt Vonnegut, comprise a series of deadpan riffs on the extremities of America. Though not making up a series, his first four novels – Little America (1977), A.K.A.: A Cosmic Fable (1978), The Time Trip (1979) and The Book of Revelations (1981) – convey a ...

Oram, Neil

(1938-    ) UK author whose involvement in sf was restricted to the three volumes of his The Warp sequence of metaphysical adventures – The Storm's Howling Through Tiflis (1980), Lemmings on the Edge (1981) and The Balustrade Paradox (1982) – which novelize his 22-hour, ten-play cycle, The Warp, performed in London in 1979, directed by Ken Campbell (1941-2008). The sequence, after the manner of the Illuminatus! books by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, ...

Robertson, J R

(?   -    ) Author whose single sf novel for Robert Hale Limited is The Crab Eagle Trees (1978). [DRL]

Lovelace, Ada

The name by which UK mathematician and Computer theorist Augusta Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852) is normally and conveniently known; daughter of Lord Byron. Lovelace was raised by her mother from infancy, gaining from Anne Noel (1792-1860) a precocious interest and intensive education in Mathematics, accompanied by a growing competence in other languages, as revealed in the recent discovery [see Checklist below] of her yet-unpublished translation of Friedrich Schiller's Der ...

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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