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Day, Kate Hope

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, If, Then (2019), which is set in a sheaf of Parallel Worlds, traces the experiences of several protagonists each of whom is undergoing visions of their lives in different realities; those visitations giving access to the Near Future are increasingly dark with premonitions. In her second novel, the Near Future In the Quick (2021), a precocious young astronaut, assigned to duty on an Earth-orbiting Space Station, mixes ...

Kurimoto Kaoru

Working name of Sumiyo Yamada (1953-2009), sometimes known under her married name Sumiyo Imaoka or by her pseudonym Azusa Nakajima; an immensely prolific author, mainly in the Fantasy mode, but with strong enough connections to the sf community to ensure attention and accolades at the Seiun Awards. As a celebrity, commentator, critic and novelist, she was arguably one of the most influential Women SF Writers in Japan for the last three decades of the twentieth century. / Graduating in ...

Molyneux, William

(1656-1698) Irish politician, scientist, soldier, philosopher, author of several speculative works; as a text that evokes Proto SF topoi, Dioptrica Nova: A Treatise of Dioptrics: in Two Parts [for full title see Checklist] (1692) is of sf interest for its inclusion of a kind of Fantastic Voyage to the Moon and other planets, though it is made solely at remote control, via telescope. [JC]

Kleeman, Alexandra

(1986-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Fairy Tale" in The Paris Review for Winter 2010; this was assembled with other tales that variously explore the water margins of Fantastika as Intimations (coll 2016). Her first novel, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine: A Novel (2015), Satirizes the modern all-absorptive Media Landscape through the attempts of its protagonist, identified only by the letter A, to become essentially indistinguishable from ...

Alderman, Naomi

(1974-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Career of Edward Northam" in New Writings in the Fantastic (anth 2007) edited by John Grant. Later she designed and wrote for the Alternate Reality Game Zombies, Run! (see also Zombies), later collaborating with her 2012 Rolex Mentor Margaret Atwood on The Happy Sunrise Zombie Home (24 October 2012-January 2013 web). / After two well-received nonfantastic novels, Alderman's first sf ...

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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