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Macdonald, James D

(1954-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Little Prune That Couldn't Talk" for Apanage #62 in 1980, but who has worked almost exclusively since in partnership with Debra Doyle – they were married in 1978 – and we make no estimate of seniority in this partnership, as it gives every evidence of being seamless. They began publishing in collaboration with "Bad Blood" in Werewolves (anth 1988) edited by Jane Yolen and Martin H ...

Burkett, William R, Jr

(1943-    ) US author and journalist. He began publishing sf with Sleeping Planet (July-September 1964 Analog; 1965), which very competently tells a hard-edged tale of conflict between the small Terran Federation and the huge Llralan Empire. The Llralans, having undeserved access to a narcotic dust, spray the Earth, putting all but a very few humans to sleep (see Invasion); in the best Astounding manner – the book's resemblance to the work of Eric Frank Russell is ...

Brockmeier, Kevin

(1972-    ) US author, much of whose fiction has explored the contemporary world through quiet but revelatory stories and novels only inadequately describable as fantasy (or "litfant") or Slipstream SF or Fabulation or sf. As with the work of other writers roughly contemporary with him who have been associated with The New Yorker, including Karen Russell and George Saunders, they are, rather, exemplary demonstrations of the uses of Fantastika as a toolkit fit to explore the ...

Reid, Iain

(1981-    ) Canadian author whose novels to date, beginning with I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2016) are horror, though Fog (2018) strongly evokes Horror in SF through its frame narrative: in the Near Future, a married couple is subjected to increasingly horrific seemingly chthonic emanations after the husband is informed that he may become an astronaut in a mysterious programme, but that his wife will not be left alone. There is a sense that the future will be more than ...

Caine, Peter

Pseudonym of US author Doug Hornig (1943-    ), author of several crime thrillers under that name, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Game of Magical Death" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for March 1987. His one title as by Caine, Virus (1989), is a Near Future medical sf (see Medicine) thriller about a radical plot to infect the world with a mutated AIDS virus, a Pandemic that may kill us all, or cure us. [JC]

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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