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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 ...

Block, Thomas H

(1945-    ) US airline pilot and author who has written at least some of his aviation-based Technothrillers with Nelson DeMille as anonymous contributor, though the collaboration becomes explicit in the revised version of his first book, Mayday (1979; rev 1997 as by Thomas Block and Nelson DeMille). His tales all hover at the edge of genuine sf; of these, two are of particular ...

Howrey, Meg

(?   -    ) US dancer and author whose first works of genre interest, the City of Dark Magic fantasy sequence beginning with City of Dark Magic (2012), was written as by Magnus Flyte in collaboration with Christina Lynch. She is of sf interest for The Wanderers (2017), a Near Future narrative whose protagonist, a female astronaut, finds life on Earth desolatingly hard at a time when ...

Rechts, Albert

Pseudonym of Irish lawyer, journalist and author Charles Brett (1928-2005), who wrote architectural studies as C E B Brett; Handbook to a Hypothetical City (1986 chap) as Albert Rechts traces the contours through time of a City not dissimilar to those that appear in the works of Italo Calvino, with the lives depicted here in outline strongly evoking the elaborately staged lives of urban dwellers in many ...

Norman, Lisanne

(1951-    ) UK author active in UK Fandom from 1978, and author of some short fiction. Her career has been dominated, however, by the Sholan Alliance sequence, beginning with Turning Point (1993) and ending with Circle's End (2017), a set of Planetary Romance tales within a Space Opera setting which gives an opportunity for the introduction of ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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