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Reeth, Allan

Pseudonym of UK author G H Davis (?   -?   ); as there is no further information on Davis, this name may also be pseudonymous, and Davis may well be female. The only novel Davis published as by Reeth is a feminist Utopia, Legions of the Dawn (1908), in which British and American women establish a matriarchal society in Africa (see Feminism; Women in SF). Women form the government and the army, and are engaged in regular wars to put down native rebellions (see ...

Ayckbourn, Alan

(1939-    ) UK playwright, active from 1959 with at least eighty-five plays produced; much of his work verges into Fantastika, some of which is of strong specific sf interest, including a triad of dramas which might almost (but not quite) be thought of as a loose series devoted to Androids in distressed English domestic environments. Henceforward (performed 1987; 1988) is set in an oppressive Near Future where a blocked composer uses his personal Robot to reshape his bad ...

Goodfellow, Cody

(1973-    ) US composer, actor, editor and author, most of whose early work has been horror, though his first publication of genre interest, the Radiant Dawn sequence beginning with Radiant Dawn (2000), intensifies Technothriller topoi – primarily a secret Weapon that could unleash Evolutionary change on humanity – with various Horror in SF routines; in the midst of this very Near Future turmoil, there are hints that deep ancient gods (see Cthulhu Mythos; H P ...

Elkins, Charles

(1940-2021) US academic, for many years Professor of English at Florida International University; from 2000 teaching at the University of Northern Colorado and later Colorado State University before retiring in 2019. He also used the byline Charles L Elkins. He began to publish criticism of genre interest with the Isaac Asimov study "Asimov's Foundation Novels: Historical Materialism Distorted into Cyclical Psychohistory" in Isaac Asimov (anth 1977) edited by Martin H Greenberg and Joseph D ...

Jackson, Shelley

(1963-    ) Philippines-born author and artist, married 1987-1998 to Jonathan Lethem, who began to publish work of genre interest with the Hypertext novel Patchwork Girl (1995 ebook). This Interactive Narrative in Gothic SF mode encourages the reader to explore portions of a woman's body which are to be stitched together – both by the reader's growing comprehension and by Mary Shelley, a character in the tale – to assemble a female version of the Frankenstein ...

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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