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Sawyer, Robert J

(1960-    ) Canadian author, one of the two or three most prominent Canadian sf writers, married to sf poet Carolyn Clink; though he publishes widely, with most of his books being released by New York firms, his work is notable for its frequent use of Canadian settings; it is a mark of twenty-first century Genre SF that Canada and Canadian settings are now perceived as non-exotic, a change for which Sawyer can share credit with a Mainstream Writer of SF like Margaret Atwood. ...

Beyer, William Gray

(?   -?   ) US policeman and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Let 'Em Eat Space" as by William Grey Beyer in Argosy for 4 November 1930. Most of his sf first appeared in the same magazine, with the exception of a 1951 story in Science Fiction Quarterly bylined Wm Gray Beyer. His Minions of the Moon (22 April-6 May 1939 Argosy; 1950), along with three further serials, Minions of Mars (13 January-10 February 1940 Argosy; 1940), "Minions of ...

Vollmann, William T

(1959-    ) US author whose work frequently utilizes sf topoi, in which context he exhibits none of the dis-ease typical of late twentieth-century Mainstream Writers of SF, a group to which he might plausibly be thought to belong. His vast gawping omnivorous oeuvre – comprising both fiction and intensely committed gonzo reportage – evokes in fact writers as far removed as Herman Melville or Jack Kerouac or a Norman Mailer capable of finishing a project. His debut ...

James, Rowland

(1885-?   ) UK author of a Future War novel, While England Slept (1932), featuring the relatively benign Invasion of the UK with the aid of a gas which causes Amnesia but does not kill, while simultaneously making the population receptive to a new Religion. [JC]

Divya, S B

(?   -    ) Indian-born engineer, editor, anthologist and author, in America since the age of five, who has also worked as by Divya Breed; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Strange Attractors" in Daily Science Fiction for June 2014, assembling this tale with a wide range of other work, mostly set in high-tech Near Future worlds, as Contingency Plans for the Apocalypse and Other Possible Situations (coll 2019). Runtime (2016), a novella, ...

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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