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O'Loughlin, Ed

(1966-    ) Canadian journalist and author, some of whose earlier novels verge into Technothriller country but are not fantastic. His fourth novel, the very Near Future This Eden (2021), is of sf interest for its depiction of a world where games (see Games and Sports) do not only reflect reality but increasingly create the world. Though told with some lightness, it is a tale of seepage that may seem terrifying. [JC]

McNaughton, Janet

(1953-    ) Canadian author for Young Adult readers whose The Secret Under My Skin (2000) is set in a constricted distant-Near Future world, a twenty-fourth-century Dystopian venue beset by the consequences of Climate Change; the young protagonist finds that the discovery of her true identity may lead to a solution to some of the world's problems. An Earthly Knight (2003) is fantasy. [JC]

Harrison, Michael

Pseudonym of UK author Maurice Desmond Rohan (1907-1991) for work in various genres, mostly not sf. He wrote an early film novelization, The Bride of Frankenstein (1936) as by Michael Egremont, and some of the stories assembled in Transit of Venus (coll 1936) are of fantasy interest. His first and most interesting sf novel, Higher Things (1945), is a Scientific Romance clearly influenced by H G Wells. An impoverished young man, caught in the trammels of a clerical position but with dreams of ...

Murphy, M K L

(?   -    ) US author whose gonzo spoof The Isle of Minimus (2016) comes close to sf-like turns of story, though the surreal disjointedness of the telling, which is oddly underlined by the fact that the entire text comprises a single sentence, generates a sense that the scenes presented may not be designed to be grasped literally. This reluctance to fix to the world the various story elements evoked – the titular Island of "dwarfs" in the English Channel ...

New York Review of Science Fiction

US critical magazine, initially published by David G Hartwell's Dragon Press, Pleasantville, New York and from late 2012 by the current owner and publisher Kevin J Maroney; edited (in 1995) by Kathryn Cramer, L W Currey, Samuel R Delany, David G Hartwell, Robert J Killheffer, Gordon Van Gelder and Donald G Keller; current; monthly, beginning with the trial issue (#0) August 1988 and #1 September 1988. It had reached #288 by August 2012, which was the last printed issue; the magazine continues ...

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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