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Singer, Rochelle

(1939-    ) US author, mostly of detective thrillers, who also writes as Shelley Singer and Lee Singer; she is of sf interest for The Demeter Flower (1980), about a Near Future Feminist Utopia established on lesbian lines after the collapse of a patriarchal tyranny at the end of the twentieth century. [JC]

Jones, Mark

(?1947-2003) UK author of nonfiction about Russia and Communism [not listed below] and of a Technothriller, Black Lightning (1995), in which post-Communist Russia develops a gigantic electromagnetic-pulse Weapon called Molniya ["Lightning"] which is capable of shutting down Power Sources and Communications anywhere in Europe or America. Its ultimate use is however complicatedly thwarted, in part thanks to the ethical scruples of its inbuilt AI. [JC/DRL]


Thomas Carnacki is an early fictional Occult Detective [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], who, unlike most such investigators, uses scientific means to investigate hauntings. He was created by William Hope Hodgson with five Club Stories that ran in The Idler in 1910, plus a sixth in New Magazine in 1912, all collected as Carnacki the Ghost-Finder (coll 1913; exp 1947). An additional three stories appeared posthumously and all nine were collected in 1947, also as Carnacki the ...

Malik, Usman T

(?   -    ) Pakistan-born doctor and author, mostly resident in USA, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Crimson Storm" in Thirteen Stories for June 2003. He continues to concentrate mostly on shorter forms, though the ambitious The Paper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn (22 April 2015; 2015 ebook) is of novella length, and engages in Equipoisal juxtapositions of fantasy and folklore, while movingly fixed to the complexities of the ...

O'Neal, James

Pseudonym of US law officer and author James O Born (1960-    ), who writes nonfantastic thrillers under his own name. As O'Neal, his Tom Wilner sequence, set in a partially uninhabitable Ruined Earth America after World War Three and associated Disasters, is of sf interest. In the first instalment, The Human Disguise (2009), the noir detective Wilner, who works in the Miami Quarantine Zone, a Keep it is very difficult to escape, discovers that Earth may have been ruled for ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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