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Thomas, D M

(1935-2023) UK poet and author who made use of sf themes most explicitly in such early Poetry as "The Head-Rape" in New Worlds for March 1968 and the two-part "Computer 70: Dreams & Lovepoems" (March-April 1970 New Worlds), a sequence assembled with other poetry of interest in Logan Stone (coll 1970); or the later "S. F." (in The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, anth ...

Marriott, Michel

(?   -    ) US journalist – he has covered Technology issues for the New York Times since about 1987 – and author whose gonzo Technothriller, The Skull Cage Key (2008), set well into the Near Future in 2041, in a luridly noir New York beset by a craze for ...

Faust, Joe Clifford

(1957-    ) US copywriter and author who began publishing sf with "The Jackalope's Tale" for Wyoming Rural Electric News in 1983. His first novel, A Death of Honor (1987), is an sf mystery set in a twenty-first century moderately displaced in the direction of Cyberpunk, where a Constitutional Amendment has entitled victims of crime to pursue the perpetrators; the mystery itself is worked out with extremely satisfying care. ...

Díaz, Junot

(1968-    ) Dominican-born author and academic, in the US from 1974; he writes in English, initially as an author of stripped-down non-fantastic tales beginning with "Ysrael" (Autumn 1995 Story), some of which were assembled in Drown (coll 1996). He is of sf interest for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (20 December 2000 The New Yorker; much exp 2007), a radically Equipoisal edifice of story whose ...

Vaughan, Herbert M

(1870-1948) Welsh local historian, bibliographer and author, administratively involved in World War One though not in active service. He is of sf interest primarily for two novels. Meleager: A Fantasy (1916) is set on a miniature version of Earth and the Solar System (see Great and Small), where a Eugenic Dystopia ...

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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