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Huang Chun-Sin

(?   -    ) Chinese author, possibly pseudonymous, whose only publishing credits are with Hong Kong firms in 1959-1960. Alice in Manialand (1959 chap) makes use of conspicuously coded language [for Aesopian Fantasy and Wonderland see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] to create a Dystopian ...

Chong, Jinwoo

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel Flux (2023) complexly engages in exploring perplexities as to the nature of Time (see Dimensions; Time Distortion), with some implication that the caltraps of plot and circumstance that beleaguer the cast may originate in the profit-and power-driven machinations of some tentacular private corporation. [JC]

Karinthy, Ferenc

(1921-1992) Hungarian author, the son of Frigyes Karinthy; of his wide output, which is primarily nonfantastic and focuses mostly on Hungarian life in the twentieth century, one novel is of some sf interest (see Fantastika). The linguist protagonist (see Linguistics) of Epepe (1970; trans George Szirtes as Metropole 2008) finds ...

Goodfellow, David

(?   -    ) US author of Not Long Under an Alien Sun (1996), an sf novel about young executives in peril from Villainous corporate interference upon a Spaceship. [JC]

Balch, William S

(1806-1887) US minister, politician journalist and author, mostly of nonfiction; of sf interest is A Peculiar People; Or, Reality in Romance (1881), in which a visitor to the secluded land of Nussara in the Middle East (see Lost Race) discovers there a successful Utopia run on religious lines. Balch was a minister in the Universalist Church, a faith which espouses the doctrine that God did not create humans to damn them. ...

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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