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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 ...

Terrin, Peter

(1968-    ) Belgian author whose second novel, Blanco ["Blank"] (2003), depicts a disintegrative relationship between a father and son after the former has lost his wife, couched in terms that have evoked comparison to Franz Kafka. Of sf interest is his fourth novel, De Bewaker (2009; trans David Colmer as The Guard 2012), set in an Underground parking lot occupied by ...

Lear, Peter

Pseudonym used by UK detective and thriller author Peter Lovesey (1936-    ), brother of Andrew Lovesey, for Goldengirl (1977), a Near Future tale about a young athlete bred (there are hints of Cultural Engineering) to win gold medals in the 1980 Olympics; also for Spider Girl (1980), about a researcher into spiders who begins to identify ...

Preiss, Byron

(1953-2005) US book packager, anthologist and co-author of two sf/fantasy novels – Guts (1979) with C J Henderson and Dragonworld (1979) with J Michael Reaves – and The Bat Family (1984 chap; vt The Vampire State Building 1992), a juvenile. Though he has also edited and co-edited numerous Anthologies, Preiss is best known as the most successful of the ...

Segriff, Larry

(1960-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Cat's Eye" in Cemetery Dance for Fall 1993. His first series, the Tom Jenkins sequence comprising Spacer Dreams (1995) and Alien Dreams (1998), is Military SF, lightly and competently told, with a Young Adult protagonist who finds adventure in the stars; his contributions to the ...

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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