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Harkaway, Nick

Pseudonym of UK author Nicholas Cornwell (1972-    ) whose first novel, The Gone-Away World (2008), applies toxic gouaches of Equipoise to a Post-Holocaust tale set in a surrealized Alternate World, where resemblances to the "real" world can be seen as diversionary: x or y may differ from consensual reality, and the telling of the tale may dwell on these differences, but the alphabet of the story as a whole describes the Near Future we are entering. The plot is gonzo (and ...

Tabler, Joseph

(1949-    ) US abody surfer, bookseller and author, based for all his activities in California; he ran the well-known Joseph Tabler Books in San Diego 1989-1999. Of his thrillers, three have some sf interest: Capitol Hill Clones (1981), a political Satire involving a scatty use of Clones; The Microwave Caper (1981), in which a mysterious Ray fries its victims; and The Meteoric Affair (1982). [JC]

Coover, Robert

(1932-    ) US author who has established a considerable reputation with his novels, in which Fabulation and political scatology mix fruitfully. His work could be seen to represent a Postmodernist intensification of the same milieu excoriated by Richard Condon. The Origin of the Brunists (1965) subverts the millennial fantasy tropes at its heart, as Giovanni Bruno – whose name echoes the historical Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) – and his followers await the End of ...

Khaw, Cassandra

Pseudonym of Malaysian author Zoe Khaw Joo Ee (1984-    ) who began publishing work of genre interest with "What the Highway Prefers" in Lackington's for Winter 2015. Most of their work is horror, as in the Gods and Monsters sequence beginning with Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef (2015 ebook) [see Checklist below]; at times there is a strong inflection of Horror in SF, as in the Persons Non Grata sequence beginning with Hammers on Bone (2016), where a hardboiled noir idiom ...

King, Harold

(1945-2010) US author whose name has also been wrongly recorded as a joint pseudonym. King concentrates his focus on Technothrillers like Paradigm Red (1975; vt Red Alert 1977), where events – in this case the sabotage of a nuclear facility – hover at the edge of sf. World War III (1982), a Tie novelizing the Television drama, sets the beginning of World War Three in the very Near Future Alaska of 1984. Later works of some interest include The Hahnemann Sequela (1984), which is ...

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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