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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 ...

Hedges, Sid G

(1897-1974) UK author, mostly of detective thrillers; of interest are The Channel Tunnel Mystery (1931), which does not actually incorporate the eponymous tunnel, and the Near Future Plague Panic (1934), in which criminals seeking vast sums of blackmail threaten to infect the entire world with the eponymous bacillus, creating a deadly Pandemic. [JC]

Derennes, Charles

(1882-1930) French author who served as a medic during World War One; he was initially associated with the Mercure de France, a relatively avant-garde journal whose book-publishing arm released his first novel of sf interest, Le peuple du Pôle (1907; trans Brian Stableford in The People of the Pole 2008), which gave the tale unusual prominence for an ostensible ...

Gastine, Louis

(1858-1935) French author, often on subjects relating to airplane technology and air travel; a translated novel of sf interest is Les Torpilleurs de l'air: Prodigieux exploits d'un aviateur français (1912; trans G H Marchat as War in Space: Or, an Air-Craft War Between France and Germany 1913) with Louis Perrin (not acknowledged in the translation), a Future War tale set within Earth's atmosphere (not in space); a tale soon to ...

Jones, Mervyn

(1922-2010) UK journalist and author, son of Ernest Jones (1879-1958), Sigmund Freud's biographer; now best known for his many novels (twenty-nine were published) from 1952, though he gained early fame with his political writings in journals like Tribune and the New Statesman. On the Last Day (1958) is a Near-Future story about a Russian/Chinese Invasion of Britain, during a non-nuclear ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...



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