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Wingert, Jennifer

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Spirit Fox (1998) with Mickey Zucker Reichert, is a fantasy whose female Hero uses Magic and martial arts, as well as the indwelling spirit of a ghost fox, to defeat an Invasion. Her second novel, Grasp the Stars (2004), is a wide-ranging Space Opera whose protagonist, an Alien stowaway on a Starship bound for Earth, becomes embroiled in inter-species conflict on a Space Station in Terran orbit. [JC]

Skal, David J

(1952-    ) US author whose first novel, Scavengers (1980), suggests some sf basis for a plot involving Memory transfer in a corrupt world. His second, When We Were Good (1981), evokes a powerful sense of cultural despair in the tale of a sterile world in which Genetically Engineered hermaphrodites (see Gender) fail to represent an emblem of hope for the terminal remnants of normal humanity. A sense that Skal is by inclination a horror writer is intensified by the entropic ...

What, Leslie

(1955-    ) US author who has also written as by Leslie Joyce; her novel under that name, the nonfantastic Nice Girls Do (2001), is a romance set amid the dangers of World War Two. Her second novel, Olympic Games (short version May 1996 Asimov's as "The Goddess is Alive, And, Well, Living in New York City"; 2004), a fantasy set mostly in New York, plays adroitly with a mildly complicated plot involving Greek gods, who still inhabit the planet, and who engage in Sex according ...

Reed, Robert

(1956-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Mudpuppies" as by Robert Touzalin for L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (anth 1986) edited by Algis Budrys; the story gained the $5000 grand prize awarded in the Writers of the Future Contest for that year. Reed has since gradually become prolific and highly admired as an author of short fiction, assembling some of his almost 300 tales to date – of his many non-series tales since 2010, none are yet ...

Meisch, Patrick

(?   -     ) US teacher and author whose first novel, Those the Future Left Behind (2021), envisions a Near Future Dystopia where an Overpopulation-crisis has inspired a program in which the young and underprivileged are given decent lives, on condition that they submit to early death. The tale is told by a government enforcer of this compact. [JC]

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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