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Gunnels, Jen

Working name of US author and genre Theatre critic Jennifer Sue Gunnels (1968-    ), who has also published relevant work under her birth name Jennifer Sue Balloon and her previous married name Jennifer Sue Moore; she has a doctorate in Theatre History and Performance Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her book reviews began to appear in Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction in 2008, and her sf theatre reviews have been a regular feature since 2010 of The ...

Dietz, William C

(1945-    ) US author who began to publish sf with War World (1986; vt Galactic Bounty 1997), the first volume of his Sam McCade sequence of sf adventures about an interstellar bounty hunter, which continued with Imperial Bounty (1988) and two further titles. The galactic venue of the series exhibits some interesting kinks, and McCade himself gradually gains individuality. Although the angle of approach differs – the protagonist this time is an interstellar con man ...

Walker, Rowland

(1876-1947) UK author of tales for boys. The Antihero of The Phantom Airman (1920) is a German airman unreconciled to the outcome of World War One, who establishes a pirate band whose depredations are made possible by a secret Invention; By Airship to the Tropics: The Amazing Adventures of Two Schoolboys (1923) unthreateningly deposits its protagonists in a Lost World; Phantom Island: A Modern Crusoe Story (1925) is a Robinsonade whose young protagonists crash their Airship on an Island ...

Mudd, Steve

(?   -    ) US author whose sf novels in the Tangled Webs Space Opera sequence, comprising Tangled Webs (1989) and The Planet Beyond (1990), are adventures set in a totalitarian Galactic Empire. [JC]


1. In this encyclopedia Equipoise designates the active and conscious mixing or two or more genres within a single narrative, usually within a single narrative event rather than sequentially, in order to provide a multifaceted narrative take on action, character, motif, setting. The primary effect is sometimes aesthetic pleasure. But perhaps more interestingly, an Equipoisal narrative may reveal a world richer and ultimately more graspable than a world envisioned through a single lens. An ...

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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