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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 ...

Hookham, Albert E

(1870-1958) UK author of Amid the Strife; Or, the Lust of Mars (1909), a Future War tale whose venues are less specific than usual for this period, as the tale concerns a conflict between Britain and Bryghtland. [JC]

Nicholson, John

Pseudonym of UK cleric and author Norman Howe Parcell (1885-1955), whose sf novel, Space Ship to Venus (1948), carries by Spaceship a crew of adventurers to Venus [see subtitle in Checklist]. Costello, Psychic Investigator (coll 1954), assembles occult fictions [for Occult Detectives see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. [JC]

Zimpel, Lloyd

(1929-    ) US author of Meeting the Bear: A Journal of the Black Wars (1971), a Near Future tale set in a disintegrating America, with urban unrest being countered by Dystopian means, including brainwashing and concentration camps. [JC]

Rubinstein, Gillian

(1942-    ) UK-born author in Australia from 1973, initially of Young Adult sf under her own name, as well as tales for younger children; in the twenty-first century she has perhaps become best known for fantasies as by Lian Hearn. The Space Demons sequence comprising Space Demons (1986) and Skymaze (1989) deals with AI in interactive Computer games (see ...

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 ...

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