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Dung Kai-Cheung

(1967-    ) Chinese author, and sometime university lecturer, who studied comparative literature at the University of Hong Kong, writing his M Phil dissertation on Marcel Proust. Strongly influenced by the Oulipo movement, Dung's work is thick with Fabulation, including evolutionary histories of non-existent species, descriptions of fantastic cities, and ...

Betchov, Robert

(1919-1996) American academic and author, whose The Year of the Spiatnik: A Novel (1975) describes Future War and its guardedly hopeful outcome. [JC]

White, Jane

Pseudonym of UK author Jane Brady (1934-1985), whose work mostly comprised tales for older children. Her only sf novel, Comet (1975), set in a future post-technological Ruined Earth, treats the threat of looming Disaster – as an approaching Comet brightens in the sky – from the humanizing perspective of its young protagonists, who find a strange beauty in the phenomenon; and all ...

Blaylock, James P

(1950-    ) US author, born and based in California, whose first published sf was "Red Planet" for Unearth #3 in Summer 1977, and whose "The Ape-Box Affair" (April 1978 Unearth) (see Apes as Human) may be the first consciously Steampunk tale; his first books were two fantasies in his Elfin series, The Elfin Ship (1982; original ...

McGuire, John J

(1917-1981) US author best known for his collaborations with H Beam Piper on the sf action novel Crisis in 2140 (February-March 1953 Astounding as "Null-ABC"; 1957) and on A Planet for Texans (March 1957 Fantastic Universe as "Lone Star Planet"; 1958), Planetary Romance in the form of a Western set on New ...

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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