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Walker, Steve

(1956-    ) UK playwright, poet, illustrator and author, initially best known for his Radio plays, almost all forty of them for the BBC, beginning with "Him and It" (October 1988 Radio 4), an exercise in Absurdist SF. Other plays of interest, several similar pushing Satire into the absurd, include "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" (28 December 1994 Radio 4), adapting the ...

Jersild, P C

(1935-    ) Swedish physician, journalist and author, member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences; active from the 1950s, author of more than forty books, Jersild is a central figure in modern Swedish literature, both a favourite among critics and, with some of his novels, a major bestseller. At the same time, throughout his writing, he has on the one hand utilized science fictional themes and tropes, and on the other, at least within Sweden ...

Justice, Keith L

(1949-2004) US journalist, teacher and bibliographer, active for many years (until his accidental death) as a reporter for various Ohio papers; though not a fiction writer, he did publish one story of genre interest, "The Symbol Hunter" in Unearth for Spring 1977. To the field of sf Bibliography he contributed two titles, both useful when released though inevitably superseded: Science Fiction Master Index of Names ...

Gotschalk, Felix C

(1929-2002) US author and psychologist who began publishing sf with "Outer Concentric" and "The Examination" for New Dimensions 4 (anth 1974) edited by Robert Silverberg. In a relatively short time he established a reputation as an author of high linguistic energy whose many stories emote a ruthless savvy about the future. Many of his tales are narrated through stunning linguistic displays of the emotional and physiological ways of being that ...

Abela, Deborah

(1966-    ) Australian author of the Max Remy sequence of Young Adult Humour beginning with Max Remy: In Search of the Time and Space Machine (2002; vt Max Remy: Spy Force: The Time and Space Machine 2005 UK as by D Abela). The Grimsdon sequence, comprising Grimsdon (2010) and New City (2014), perhaps more interestingly (if in a manner excessively ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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