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Pynchon, Thomas

(1937-    ) US author, all of whose works are Fabulations in that most of them resemble sf under some interpretations (see also Fantastika), and Against the Day (2006) is undoubtedly sf. Though the Paranoia-wracked worlds his protagonists inhabit may defeat any secure reading of the malign figurations of reality, the narrative patterning of most of his work is Equipoisal. In his first novel, V (1963; rev 1963), various dovetailing quests for a character named V embody the ...

Dalmas, John

Pseudonym for all his fiction of US author John Robert Jones (1926-2017), whose first career was as a research ecologist for the US Forest Service, in which connection he published at least 20 pieces on ecology and high elevation forests. He began publishing work of genre interest with The Yngling (October-November 1969 Analog; fixup 1971; rev 1984), which, with its prequel, Homecoming (1984) – both assembled as The Orc Wars (omni 1992) – depicts a barbarian future whose history ...

Squires, Susan

(?   -    ) US author, mostly of paranormal romances of little direct sf interest, though some of her tales competently incorporate sf into the surge, an example being the Near Future Body Electric (2002), whose disaffected female protagonist creates an AI whose personality inhabits a Cyberpunk-inflected Virtual Reality. Very little of the Vampire Companion Universe series of linked tales – beginning with The Companion (2005) and moving to a different ...

Flynn, Tom

(1955-2021) US humanist, journalist who edited Free Inquiry magazine from 2010 until his death, and author whose first story, "Meanwhile on the Planet Vatican" for Free Inquiry in Fall 1999, feeds directly into his Galactic Rapture/Messiah Games sequence opening with the lengthy Galactic Rapture (2000; vt Messiah Games 2018); this first volume was also repackaged with possible revisions as the trio The Messiah Game: A Comedy of Terrors – Part 1 (2012), The Messiah Emerges (2012) and The ...

Weverka, Robert

(1926-2009) US author, who also wrote as by Robert McMahan; known solely for Ties to the Television series Probe, including Search (1973) and Moonrock (1973); and to several films, including Hangar 18 (1980) with Charles E Sellier Jr (1943-2011), which novelizes Hangar 18 (1980). [JC]

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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