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Fraser, David

(1920-2012) UK soldier who served in World War Two and became a senior general in the UK armed forces in the postwar period; in retirement, from a Conservative position, he opposed the second war with Iraq as unjustified, and "unwise, to the point of insanity". He began publishing fiction and nonfiction around 1980, his best-known fiction being the Hardrow Chronicles, contemporary military tales in several volumes beginning with Adam Hardrow (1982). Of sf interest is August 1988 (1983), a ...

Education in SF

Arguably, many sf works project the aura of a classroom, as writers undertake to explain their fantastic worlds' new Technology and other features at length by means of instructional Infodumps. A common pattern in Utopian novels is to pair naïve newcomers with longtime residents assigned to show and describe how their society functions, as seen in Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward 2000-1887 (1888) and Hugo Gernsback's Ralph 124C 41+: A Romance of the Year 2660 (April 1911-March 1912 Modern ...

Gerritsen, Tess

(1953-    ) US physician and later author who has become very well known for her medical thrillers, most of which thrust at the edge of the fantastic; of most sf interest, perhaps (see Medicine), are Bloodstream (1988), in which a parasite seemingly native to a lake causes the humans it invades to act violently; and Gravity (1999), which is set on a Space Station infected with a plague originating in micro-organisms found in a meteor. [JC]

Ng Yi-Sheng

(1980-    ) Singapore poet, playwright and author, initially recognized for his poetry, of which there are several collections, beginning with last boy (coll 2006); his Anthologies tend to focus, as does his poetry, on gay issues and experiences. He is perhaps best known internationally for his short fiction, beginning with "Agnes Joaquim, Bioterrorist" in Fish Eats Lion: New Singaporean Speculative Fiction (anth 2012) edited by Jason Erik Lundberg. Later stories have been ...

Dalos, György

(1943-    ) Hungarian translator and author, who suffered the usual persecutions (he was expelled from the Communist Party in 1968 as a "dissident") before writing 1985: A Historical Report (Hongkong 2036) from the Hungarian of * * * (trans from manuscript by Stuart Hood and Estella Schmid 1983), a tale only appeared in Hungary, and in its original language, in 1990, after the collapse of Soviet rule. It is an extremely sprightly Satire on conditions in his native land, in ...

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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