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Bacigalupi, Paolo

(1972-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Pocketful of Dharma" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in February 1999, a noir Cyberpunk-coloured tale set in an Asian city about to be transformed into an AI-controlled habitat in a World War Three context; it was assembled, with much of his best early work, as Pump Six and Other Stories (coll 2008), which won a Locus Award. Though different outcomes are posited according to the premises ...

Hall, Steven

(1975-    ) UK author and Videogame writer who has scripted radio dramas for the Doctor Who franchise. His first novel, The Raw Shark Texts (2007), is a Fabulation whose central conceit is the notion of a sharklike conceptual predator that devours information and Memories. The protagonist Eric Sanderson awakens with near-total Amnesia to find a series of complex letters of instruction from his former self "The First Eric Sanderson", conveying semi-scientific, semi-magical ...

Donnelly, Marcos

(1962-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "As a Still Small Voice" for Full Spectrum 2 (anth 1989) edited by Lou Aronica, Shawna McCarthy, Amy Stout and Pat LoBrutto, and whose continuing, comic, Satirical focus on issues of Religion in a Western World increasingly assaulted by fundamentalisms surfaces most tellingly in his two novels: Prophets for the End of Time (1998), a fantasy in which genuine angels run up against institutional Christianity ...

Van Name, Mark L

(1955-    ) US entrepreneur, editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "My Sister, My Self" in Isaac Asimov's Tomorrow's Voices (anth 1984) edited anonymously, the first story in his Jon and Lobo sequence, which after some further short stories continues with One Jump Ahead (2007) – a novel debut which won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award – Slanted Jack (2008), Overthrowing Heaven (2009), Children No More (2010) and No Going ...

Saunders, G K

(1910-2005) UK-born radio scriptwriter and author, in New Zealand briefly then in Australia from 1939, writing and producing there a series of sf radio stories beginning with The Moon Flower (1953). His sf novel, The Stranger (1978), based on one of these productions, The Stranger (1964-1965), is a Young Adult tale in which human children give aid to an Alien who is on earth in search of a new homeland. [JC]

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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