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Morris, Henry O

(1858-?   ) US author of a Near Future tale of social discontent and revolution, Waiting for the Signal (1897), which climaxes in a benevolent secret society's successful overthrow of the plutocrats of America. [JC]

Markson, David

(1927-2010) US author of the stringently Modernist Wittgenstein's Mistress (1988), whose protagonist may be the last human (see Last Man) left on Earth; the novel is couched as an array of assertive, gnomic paragraphs in the style of the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921) by Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), and similarly dramatizes the gap (or perhaps aporia) between the world and the propositions ...

de Régnier, Henri

(1864-1936) French author, from the mid-1880s a member of the Symbolist Movement, whose members included Gustave Kahn as well as more famous figures like Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), creating in Le Bosquet de Psyché ["Psyche's Arbor"] (1894) a significant presentation of the Symbolist ethos; in this context, he was a poet of importance. His prose works, which somewhat resemble those of his contemporary, Remy ...

Main, R Edward

(1937-    ) US author of a Young Adult tale, Maiden Voyager (2005), in which a sheltered teenager must try to find her lost father in the mysterious "void" via which interstellar travel is possible; inside the void, much is discovered. [JC]

Skaftun, Emily C

(?   -    ) US editor and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "My Only Sunshine" in Flub: A Webzine of Astonishing Tales for Fall-Winter 2009, assembled with a wide range of work as Living Forever & Other Terrible Ideas (coll 2020). As Tim Powers suggests in his introduction to the book, her very wide-ranging tales, many of them sf as Equipoised with ...

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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