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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...

Cox, Erle

(1873-1950) Australian author and journalist who began to publish fiction as early as 1908, though he was better known as a reviewer and columnist for The Argus and the Australasian 1918-1946, shifting to The Age from 1946. His best-known sf novel is Out of the Silence; a Romance (19 April-25 October 1919 The Argus; 1925; rev 1932; further rev, cut 1947), about the attempt by the female representative of an otherwise extinct super-race ...

Strickland, Brad

Working name of US author William Bradley Strickland (1947-    ), who began publishing work of genre interest with "Payment Deferred" in Asimov's for May 1982, but who has concentrated mainly on fantasy, most notably perhaps in early stories like "The Herders of Grimm" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in April 1984 and in the Jeremy Moon sequence – Moon Dreams (1988), ...

Mark, Jan

(1943-2006) UK author, most significantly for Young Adult audiences; her several tales for younger readers, some of them acutely conceived picture books, are also of interest. Though much of her older fiction is set in the here-and-now, her sf stories – which are more complex, dark-hued and longer than her non-fantastic work, – are almost certainly her best work, and are very nearly indistinguishable, except for the age of their protagonists, from ...

Barr, Robert

(1849-1912) Scottish-born editor and author, in Canada 1854-1876, then in the US (working as a journalist) till 1881, afterwards mostly in England; some of his lighter fiction appeared as by Luke Sharp. He co-founded The Idler with William Dunkerley (better known as John Oxenham), co-editing it with Jerome K Jerome from February 1892 to July 1895, editing it solo August 1895 to November 1898; for further details see the ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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