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Michael, Peter

Joint pseudonym of UK authors Simon Michael (1955-    ) and Peter Rosenberg (?   -    ) whose Near Future thriller, The Usurper (1988), is set in a Dystopian UK where the privileged live securely within a walled City of London (see Keep), and the unemployable masses live in suburbs. Social mobility is provided through Usurping – sanctioned killing of the employed for their jobs. From this, an adventure plot develops. [JC]

Hoover, Kenneth Mark

(1959-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Joke Hell" for Fantastic Stories of the Imagination in 2000, and whose sf novel, Fevreblau (2005), re-investigates the familiar sf tale in which the women of Earth are unjustly accused of a sin against the race: in this case, most of them have died of an otherwise undescribed Pandemic and are imprisoned as breeders (see Feminism). The Marwood sequence comprising Haxan (2014) and Quaternity (2015), which ...


1. Individual amnesia. Loss of memory, usually inflicted on the protagonist, is a recurring plot device in all forms of fiction; an early instance is the amnesia of a traumatized character in A Tale of Two Cities (1859) by Charles Dickens. In genre writing this has become a notorious Cliché: a combined technique of empathy generation and narrative delay, with amnesiac and reader beginning on an equally bewildered footing and together groping towards the character's Identity, empowerment ...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

1. A team of four pizza-loving humanized turtle troubleshooters created by US artists Kevin Eastman (1962-    ) and Peter Laird (1954-    ) in a self-published black-and-white Comic book from May 1984. Initially seen as a Parody of martial-arts Superhero team-ups, they became so enormously popular that the franchise has earned back the original $1,000 the duo borrowed to print their first issue many millions of times over. Following the series' success, a ...

Brophy, Brigid

(1929-1995) UK author whose first collection, The Crown Princess & Other Stories (coll 1953), contains a nostalgic fantasy, "Late Afternoon of a Faun", and whose second, The Adventures of God in His Search for the Black Girl (coll 1973), assembles a series of fables and Satires, also told as fantasies. Her first novel of interest is Hackenfeller's Ape (1953), an Apes as Human tale set in Regent's Park Zoo in very Near Future London, where the eponymous ape, under observation as a ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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