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Godfrey, Daniel

(?   -    ) UK author whose New Pompeii sequence, comprising New Pompeii (2016) and Empire of Time (2017), complicatedly but with verve unpacks a Time Travel plot involving the transportation of the inhabitants of Pompeii into a Keep-like duplication of the old City in Near Future central Asia. Echoes of the Lost Race novel can be found, but are sidelined by Technothriller plotting, with expected revelations about conspiracies. The corporation at the heart of ...

Wren, M K

(1938-2016) US author who initially concentrated on mysteries, the Conan Flagg series being nonfantastic. Her Phoenix Legacy trilogy – Sword of the Lamb (1981), Shadow of the Swan (1981) and House of the Wolf (1981) – uses a carefully thought out Future History to justify an intricate plot which compounds together Space Opera, romance and political thriller elements, and which moves, with some awkwardness but more panache, from Planetary Romance complications in a Ruined Earth venue ...

Dunstan, Frederick

(?   -    ) UK author of, Habitation One (1983), an extremist Ruined Earth vision of life in a Keep governed by totalitarians fanatically opposed to science and technology; after vivid depictions of cannibalism, necrophilia, and much Torture (particularly of women), a new dawn is seen to dawn. [JC]

Wolverton, Dave

(1957-2022) US author who also wrote as David Farland, and who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Sky Is an Open Highway" in The Leading Edge for Fall 1985. He began to enter literary contests in that year, winning a few small competitions and then the Best of the Year award in the Writers of the Future Contest for 1986, with "On My Way to Paradise", which appeared in L Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future, Volume III (anth 1987). This novella was the basis for his first novel, On ...

Kaye, Marilyn

(1949-    ) US author who has also written as Shannon Blair and whose first work of interest to the field of the fantastic was her PhD thesis for the University of Chicago, The Nature of Didacticism as Related to Romance and Sexuality in Young Adult Novels, 1965-1978 (1983 microfilm). Her work is almost entirely devoted to Young Adult tales, usually in series. Of sf interest are four series in particular. The Out of This World sequence, beginning with Out of This World #1: ...

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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