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Osborne, Karen

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Retirement" in Aiofe's Kiss for December 2008; her Memory War sequence beginning with Architects of Memory (2020) is a Hard SF Space Opera, containing elements of Military SF. set in an interstellar environment with resemblances to traditional Galactic Empires out of the SF Megatext, with vast corporations dominating huge sectors of inhabited space. The action depends on the discovery by ...

Reizin, P Z

(?   -    ) UK Television and print journalist and author whose first novel, the Near Future Happiness for Humans (2018), explores the increasingly invasive interface between Homo sapiens and AIs, whose access to their human "users" is shown as having grown exponentially, with dangerous consequences when (as here) the AI in question gains consciousness. This puts a spanner in the works. [JC]

Godfrey, Daniel

(?   -    ) UK author whose New Pompeii sequence, comprising New Pompeii (2016) and Empire of Time (2017), complicatedly but with verve unpacks a Time Travel plot involving the transportation of the inhabitants of Pompeii into a Keep-like duplication of the old City in Near Future central Asia. Echoes of the Lost Race novel can be found, but are sidelined by Technothriller plotting, with expected revelations about conspiracies. The corporation at the heart of ...

Barnwell, William

(1943-    ) US author whose most interesting foray into the sf/fantasy genre was his well-written Blessing Trilogy, consisting of The Blessing Papers (1980), Imram (1981) and The Sigma Curve (1981). Set in Eire (here called Imram), this complex quest through a Ruined-Earth world, where some sort of grand design by mysterious powers is operating, at first appears lively but conventional Science Fantasy. In fact, the intellectual structure of the work is both demanding and ...

Gold, H L

(1914-1996) Canadian-born author and editor, in the USA from the age of two, though retaining dual nationality; brother of Floyd C Gale. Gold began to publish work of genre interest with "Inflexure" for Astounding in October 1934 as by Clyde Crane Campbell, selling several stories to that market, and to its sister Unknown, notably None But Lucifer (September 1939 Unknown; 2003) with L Sprague de Camp, in which a man tries to outwit Lucifer in the heart of the Great Depression. During this early ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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