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Egan, Jennifer

(1962-    ) US author whose early short fiction – most of it smilingly disjunctive (see Postmodernism and SF) and some of it of direct fantastic interest – was assembled in Emerald City: The Collected Works of Jennifer Egan (coll 1993; exp vt Emerald City 1996). The protagonist of her second novel, Look at Me (2001), a model with an artificial face, transacts a hallucinated ...

Randall, Marta

(1948-    ) Mexican-born editor and author, in US from infancy, who has taught in several sf writing workshops and served in Science Fiction Writers of America as vice-president 1981-1982 and president 1982-1984. She began publishing sf with "Smack Run" in New Worlds 5 (anth 1973 ed Michael Moorcock) as Marta Bergstresser, her then married name, used only on this one occasion. Her stories since then ...

Cryogenics

From a Greek root meaning "cold-producing", this word is used in Physics to mean the production of extremely low temperatures and the study of phenomena at those temperatures. The shorter word Cryonics was more commonly used in sf Terminology when – as is usual – it is people or other living organic materials that are frozen. This short version has since been adopted for real-world freezing of ...

Sandes, John

(1863-1938) Irish-born journalist and author, in Australia from 1887, noted for a determinedly patriotic, Christian form of Australian nationalism; he also wrote as by Don Delaney. His first novel, Love and the Aeroplane: A Tale of Tomorrow (1910), is set in a distant Near Future Australia transformed by advances in Transportation, with monorails and other innovations. The story itself is a somewhat congested ...

Armstrong, Michael

(1956-    ) US newspaperman and author who began publishing sf with "Absolutely the Last, This Is It, No More, the Final Pact With the Devil Story" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in February 1981; his second, "Going after Arviq" (in Afterwar, anth 1985, ed Janet E Morris), was expanded (with the name respelled) into his second novel, AGVIQ: The Whale (1990), a ...

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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