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Keegan, Mel

Pseudonym of an unidentified author (?   -    ) resident in South Australia, whose fiction as Keegan has normally been written explicitly for gay markets; his sf includes the NARC sequence beginning with NARC 1: Death's Head (1991) and ending with NARC 5: Aphelion (2007), Space Operas featuring two gay paramilitaries in the Narcotics and Riot Control whose minds are Telepathically linked and who oppose the practices of large corporations capable (in the second ...

James Tiptree Jr Award

This juried award has been presented since March 1992 in memory of James Tiptree Jr, for sf or fantasy fiction that best "explores or expands gender roles". It is usually given at Wiscon, the annual Convention held in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2019, in the wake of debates about the renaming of the John W Campbell Award and John W Campbell Memorial Award, it was decided that the award should henceforth become the Otherwise Award (from the 2020 presentation onward). Following the practice of the ...

Nine Inch Nails

US heavy-metal rock group, also sometimes credited as NIN, and founded by songwriter and frontman Trent Reznor (1965-    ). The band's aggressive, abrasive and very loud music often articulates Dystopian sentiments, most powerfully on the double-album The Fragile (1999), a vision of contemporary life as nightmare. Year Zero (2007) is an sf concept album that takes place in a militaristic and Dystopian 2022. It does a good job of actualizing in sonic form the unpleasantness ...

Web, The

A 1997-1999 Shared-World enterprise of twelve novella-length Cyberspace adventures for Young Adults, set in the numerous Virtual Realities of an imagined Internet twenty years in the future – that is, 2027-2028. Participating authors, each contributing one title except where indicated, were: Stephen Baxter (two titles), Stephen Bowkett, Eric Brown (two titles), Pat Cadigan, Maggie Furey (two titles), Peter F Hamilton, Graham Joyce, James Lovegrove and Ken MacLeod. For convenience the ...

Lacey, Burroughs

(?   -    ) US author of an sf Sex tale, The Sex Machine (1976: vt The Balling Machine 1982 as by Ed Rose), in which (as not uncommonly in sf) enhanced men and Androids are distinguished with difficulty. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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