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Zelenyj, Alexander

(?   -    ) Canadian author whose Black Sunshine (2005) surreally depicts a Post-Holocaust world suddenly deprived of all light, a transformation described more colouristically than, but with equivalent effect to, that found in similar Eschatological landscapes in the work of José Saramago and Robert Charles Wilson. Experiments at 3 Billion A M (coll 2009) assembles forty tales, some published here for the first time; the abrupt clarities of his ...

Malzieu, Mathias

(1974-    ) French singer – he is lead singer of the French band Dionysos – and author whose novel, La mécanique du coeur (2007; trans Sarah Ardizzone as The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart 2009), is fantasticated out of Steampunk tropes: an infant, born in Scotland in 1874 in savagely cold weather, has a frozen heart, which is replaced on the spot by a cuckoo clock. When he reaches adolescence, romantic love upsets his ticker. [JC]

Areton, Emil Cohen

(1951-    ) US author of The New Atlanteans: A Science Fiction Novel Based on Our Past and Future (1994), in which survivors from Atlantis have complex effects upon twentieth-century history. [JC]

Gloag, John

(1896-1981) UK author, whose World War One experiences in the trenches – he was gassed by his own side – deeply affected his work. Though he wrote several novels, he was primarily active, from 1921, in the fields of social history, architecture and design, and his first work of sf interest was the nonfiction Artifex; Or, the Future of Craftsmanship (1926 chap), an early contribution to its publisher's To-day and To-morrow series, in which he argues that civilization might crumble ...

Wylde, Thomas

(1946-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Target of Opportunity" for Galaxy in 1974, and who s continued to produce short fiction regularly for the next two decades, some of it Hard SF tinged with ironies. His novels have all been Ties: two tales in the Alien Speedway sequence, Roger Zelazny's Alien Speedway #2: Pitfall (1988) and Roger Zelazny's Alien Speedway #3: The Web (1988); and two in the Dr Bones sequence, Dr Bones #3: Garukan Blood ...

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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