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Term used to describe a school of sf writing that developed and became popular during the 1980s. The word was almost certainly coined by Bruce Bethke in his story "Cyberpunk" (November 1983 Amazing), which had for some time before publication been circulating in manuscript. The term was picked up, either directly or indirectly, by writer and editor Gardner Dozois and used by him to characterize a literary movement whose main exponents, at first – in stories from about 1981-1982 onwards ...

Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine

Canadian Semiprozine published and edited by Karl Johanson, Victoria, British Columbia, together with his wife Stephanie Johanson, who also serves as art director. Its first issue appeared in October 2003 and initially it maintained a schedule of roughly three issues per year but that has since become more irregular. It is printed in a slim Digest-size format on good quality coated stock, with attractive covers, so it is that rare animal, a "Slick digest". The magazine has twice won the ...

Mundo, Oto

Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -?   ) whose sf novel, The Recovered Continent: A Tale of the Chinese Invasion (1898), awakens its protagonist (see Sleeper Awakes), who has been in Suspended Animation since 1874, in the continent-dominating America of 1926, where induced Climate Change has turned Greenland into a recovered continent. A hydrocephalic mental patient, after a nearly Mad Scientist has transformed him into a Superman, escapes from Greenland by ...

Zumas, Leni

(1972-    ) US academic and author whose first book, Farewell Navigator: Stories (coll 2008), contains relatively few outright examples of Fantastika but (see Postmodernism and SF) often admixes an almost suburban mundanity with prescient flashes of the exorbitance of the world. Her first novel The Listeners (2012) slightly less successfully conflates elements of Horror in SF with the disintegrating psyche of a rock star in crisis, with the conventions of the latter mode ...

Palahniuk, Chuck

Working name of Charles Michael Palahniuk (1962-    ), US author of transgressive fiction and Satire, some of whose works apply genre devices disruptive to the mundane modern world in which they are ostensibly set (see Equipoise). A graduate from the University of Oregon School of Journalism, Palahniuk found success with Fight Club: A Novel (1996), one of several works lampooning Religion and cults. Although its hints of a Near Future setting do not quite make it sf, its ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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