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Barnes, Jonathan

(1979-    ) UK author who also writes as J S Barnes; the Somnambulist sequence beginning with The Somnambulist (2007) is a complex detective thriller set in a Steampunk version of Late Victorian London, congenially evoking some of the affirming affect created by Tim Powers in The Anubis Gates (1984) and other tales. The stage magician Edward Moon and his giant mute assistant, who is known as The Somnambulist, are drawn into the darker side of the great City. In the second ...

Vidal, Gore

(1925-2012) US author, from the 1950s until 2003 resident in Italy, of specific interest in the context of this encyclopedia for a surprising range of works of the fantastic, though his cavalier intimacy with his material makes it hard to think of him as a Mainstream Writer of SF; he is also of interest for several volumes of essays, beginning with Rocking the Boat (coll 1962) and assembled with new material as United States: Essays 1952-1992 (coll 1993), which contains essays on a large number ...

Montimore, Margarita

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel of psychic distress and disarray, Asleep from Day (2018), investigates the one-day Amnesia of its protagonist through scenes that bleed into the fantastic (see Fantastika), though without any explicit dissolving of borders. She is of sf interest for her second novel, Oona Out of Order (2020; vt The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart 2020), whose protagonist, every New Year's Day, is Timeslipped into a different year of her ...

Ingpen, Robert

(1936-    ) Australian artist, illustrator and author, active from the late 1950s; most of his work is nonfiction or fantasy, the latter usually for children; he has also illustrated a very wide range of titles. He is of sf interest for the Australian Gnomes sequence beginning with Australian Gnomes (1979), which won a 1980 Ditmar Award for best novel, though its narrative elements are presented in the form of a fictional encyclopedia. The gnomes in question are miniature ...

Itō Keikaku

Pseudonym of Japanese author Satoshi Itō (1974-2009), literally "Project Itō", usually transliterated as Project Itoh, whose first novel Gyakusatsu Kikan ["Genocidal Organ"] (2007; trans by Edwin Hawkes as Genocidal Organ 2012) was the runner-up in a new writers contest organized by the sf publisher Hayakawa. Heavily influenced by Cyberpunk, it posits a Near Future scenario in which Islamic fundamentalists have access to nuclear weapons and the US government subcontracts anti-terror ...

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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