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Satō Haruo

(1892-1964) Japanese author and poet, very much part of the mainstream literary establishment, remembered in sf terms for an early experiment in Dystopia and fantasies that prefigured those of dedicated genre authors such as Jūza Unno. Satō was only sixteen when his first work was published, a poem in the literary magazine Myōjō. He soon attained celebrity as a poet and occasional critic, and caused a literary stir in 1913 with a public attack on the quality of the Japanese ...

Zou, Henry

(?   -    ) Australian author solely associated to date with the Warhammer 40,000 Wargame universe, his first Tie being Voidsong (in Planetkill, anth 2008, ed Nick Kyme and Lindsey Priestley; 2011 ebook) in the Warhammer 40,000 main sequence, and further titles in the associated Bastion Wars sequence, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: Emperor's Mercy (2009). [JC]

Dayton, Arwen Elys

(1974-    ) US author of a romance sf tale, Sovereign's Gold (2000), and of Resurrection (2001), in which two pairs of competing Aliens attempt to recover a forgotten Technology left behind by one of their races on Earth 3000 years earlier. Love interests also flourish. Seeker (2015) is the first book in a Young Adult fantasy trilogy. [JC]

Whittemore, Edward

(1933-1995) US case officer for the CIA 1958-1987, specializing in Asia and the Middle East (where much of the action in his novels takes place), and author whose first novel, Quin's Shanghai Circus (1974), serves as a rampageous, gonzo prelude (see Horror in SF) to the rest of his small oeuvre. Fairly clearly influenced by authors like Thomas Pynchon, and perhaps Richard Condon and Tim Powers, Whittemore clearly shares Pynchon's deep engagement in the transformative tragedy of World War Two, ...

Critical Wave

UK Semiprozine (1987-1996; 2008-current) edited by Steve Green and Martin Tudor. 46 A4 issues, 1987-1996. During its first series Critical Wave was a bimonthly sf and fantasy newsletter or Newszine – though its schedule often slipped by a month – carrying reviews plus news items covering fantasy, horror and comics as well as sf. It also featured interviews and articles. Launched in October 1987 as a mimeographed Fanzine, Critical Wave became professionally litho-printed with #9 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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