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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...

Gailey, Sarah

(1990-    ) US author whose involvement in American Fandom led to a 2018 Hugo award for best fan writer. They began to publish work of genre interest with "Stars" in The Colored Lens for September 2015. The River of Teeth sequence beginning with River of Teeth (2017) is set in an Alternate History America whose 1850s ...

Barr, John A

(1855-1907) New Zealand solicitor and author who also wrote as by R W Brock and Gilbert Rock; after proving unable to meet his costs on a property development, he left New Zealand, unfortunately for his reputation departing before the transfer of his obligations had been properly established in law. The Crime of the Golden Gully: An Australian Romance (1888) as by Gilbert Rock, an adventure tale centring on the discovery of a gold mine, edges towards the fantastic. Of more sf ...

Kotlan, C M

(?   -    ) US author, all of whose sf was written in collaboration with G C Edmondson, who see for details. [JC]


One of the most important Japanese animation studios of the early twenty-first century, Studio Trigger (also known as Kabushiki-gaisha Torigā, Trigger Inc. or simply Trigger) was founded in 2011 by two former Gainax employees, Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Ōtsuka: other Gainax staff also joined the company. Previously, Imaishi had worked on Shinseiki Evangelion (1995-1995), ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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