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Gilstrap, John

(1957-    ) US screenwriter and author, mostly of nonfantastic thrillers, including the long Jonathan Grave sequence beginning with No Mercy (2009) [series not listed below]. He is of sf interest for the first instalment of the projected Virginia Emerson sequence, Crimson Phoenix (2021), which provides at first a Technothriller-inflected conspectus of World War Three, triggered by Iran's pre-emptive nuclear strike against an Israel about to launch its own missiles. The tale ...

Caird, Janet

(1913-1992) Malawi-born UK author of sf interest mainly for a Lost Race novel, The Loch (1968), in which the water level in Loch Ness (not so named but unmistakable) suddenly sinks, uncovering a race of quasi-troglodytes, descended from the Vikings or before, which has survived Underground in caves impossible of access until now. [JC] see also: Loch Ness Monster. /

Russo, Richard Paul

(1954-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Firebird Suite" for Amazing in 1981. His first novel, Inner Eclipse (1988), is a strongly atmospheric tale, illuminated by striking visual images, which describes a search for Alien intelligence on a jungle world whose major industry is the export of an extremely dangerous recreational Drug. The protagonist, an empath (see ESP) who wants to abandon humanity (to whose violence and hypocrisy his talent bares him) in favour of ...

Bilal, Enki

Working name of Yugoslavian-born Comics illustrator, film director and author Enes Bilalović (1951-    ), in France from 1960; a very distinctive, innovative and original creator of sensuous, decadent futures. He attended the Académie des Beaux Arts briefly in the early 1970s. In 1971 he won a competition to create an sf Comic-strip story run by the magazine Pilote, in which he subsequently published a number of strips later collected in book form as L'appel des ...

Yang, Neon

(?   -    ) Singapore molecular biologist, journalist and author who legally adopted the name Neon Yang in 2020, having also written as by JY Yang, Jy Yang and June Yang; they began to publish work of genre interest with "Interview" as JY Yang in The Ayam Curtain (anth 2012) edited by Joyce Chng and JY Yang as June Yang. Their work is primarily of fantasy interest, though the Tensorate sequence, beginning with the simultaneously released The Black Tides of ...

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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