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Huang Chun-Sin

(?   -    ) Chinese author, possibly pseudonymous, whose only publishing credits are with Hong Kong firms in 1959-1960. Alice in Manialand (1959 chap) makes use of conspicuously coded language [for Aesopian Fantasy and Wonderland see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] to create a Dystopian Parody of Communist China. Life in Manialand is insanely bureaucratized, peopled by slaves, governed by doubletalking hypocrites. The tale may have been ...

Pronzini, Bill

Working name of US author William John Pronzini (1943-    ), prolific and admired in several genres, notably crime fiction, since his first book, The Stalker (1971). Though he has published some very effective Horror, including Masques: A Novel of Terror (1981), and several other novels – including Night Screams (1979) and Prose Bowl (1980), both with Barry N Malzberg, the former featuring ESP and the latter being outright sf – as well as Beyond the Grave (1986) ...

Sussex, Lucy

(1957-    ) New Zealand-born author and critic, mostly in Australia since 1971; she began publishing work of genre interest with "The Parish and Mrs Brown" in Dreamworks: Strange New Stories (anth 1983) edited by David King, the first of a number of interesting sf Fabulations like "The Lipton Village Society" (in Strange Attractors, anth 1985, edited by Damien Broderick), in which alienated people create an Alternate History by force of will. These two and "My Lady Tongue" ...

Leigh, Stephen

(1951-    ) US author and musician who began publishing sf with "A Rain of Pebbles" for Analog in April 1977, and who sometimes releases short stories as Lee Stevens. The first novel of his NewEden sequence – Slow Fall to Dawn (1981), Dance of the Hag (1983) and A Quiet of Stone (1984) – brought him into some prominence through its depiction of the attractive feudal culture obtaining upon the eponymous planet, whose name seemed, initially, only moderately ironic. ...

Richards, Justin

(1961-    ) UK author, almost exclusively of Ties for the Doctor Who universe, and of other fiction, some of sf interest, for the Young Adult market. The Doctor Who books begin with Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Theatre of War (1994). Richards is fast and competent. Of his independent work, the Invisible Detective sequence, beginning with The Paranormal Puppet Show (2003; vt Double Life 2004), consists in each case of two stories: one set in the 1930s, where the four young ...

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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