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Shea, Michael

(1938-2009) Scottish diplomat and author, press secretary to the Queen between 1978 and 1987; it has been suggested that he left this post under a cloud for having exhibited candour. His fiction – about twenty novels in all – more safely conveys his wry, politically centrist point of view. As Michael Sinclair (his given names) he wrote a Near-Future thriller in which shameless entrepreneurs manipulate international money markets, ...

Ryan, Thomas J

(1942-    ) Canadian author, later in US, in whose sf novel The Adolescence of P-1 (1977) the titular Computer exceeds its design specifications, evolves into a sentient AI which interestingly attempts to gain sapience and power by establishing a distributed network of slaved versions of itself through the planetary telecommunications system (see Internet), and then must decide ...

Kent, Ryland

Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -    ) whose After This (1939) segues, without undue sharpness of attack, from a realistically depicted World War Two Disaster, during which a merchant ship is blown up, into Posthumous Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. [JC]

Reinsmith, Richard

Working name of US author Richard Rein Smith (1930-    ), who has apparently written many sf novels under various pseudonyms, including the sf adventure Starbright (1983) as by Damon Castle, plus erotic novels (see Sex) as by Ann Taylor, and perhaps others, including Gothics as by Diana Tower; further pseudonyms remain almost certainly unrevealed. As Reinsmith he wrote The Savage Stars (1981), in which, after their ...

Shusterman, Neal

(1962-    ) US author who also writes for younger children as by Easton Royce and who has mostly concentrated on work for Young Adult markets, sometimes entering sf territory, though his first novel, The Shadow Club (1988) is nonfantastic, like several of its successors. Of sf interest are three series. The Star Shards sequence begins with Scorpion Shards (1995), featuring youngsters with special abilities ...

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 ...

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