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Hughes, Dorothy B

(1904-1993) US author of hard-edged, noirish detective novels, one of which, The Delicate Ape (1944), sets a plot involving international intrigue in a Near Future version of New York. [JC]

McAllister, Bruce

(1946-    ) US academic, editor and author, director of the creative-writing programme at the University of Redlands, California, and Professor of English there from 1983 until his retirement in 1997. He has written at least eighty stories since starting to publish sf in July 1963 with "The Faces Outside" (for If), which after many years was assembled, along with a representative sample of his short work, as The Girl Who Loved Animals and Other Stories (coll 2007). "The Boy" ...

History in SF

The real history of the world and the many Alternate Histories which might have replaced it are extensively featured in sf stories of Time Travel and Parallel Worlds, but sf writers have also drawn much inspiration from history in designing hypothetical futures. Sometimes, like Charles L Harness in Flight into Yesterday (May 1949 Startling; exp 1953; vt The Paradox Men) and James Blish in Cities in Flight (1950-1962 var mags; omni 1970), they have made use of actual theories – from Arnold ...

Chrostowska, S D

(?   -    ) US-born teacher, journalist and author, in Canada from around 1995; her first novel, Permissions (2013), is nonfantastic. A critical anthology, The Uses of Utopia: New Marxist, Anarchist, and Radical Democratic Perspectives (anth 2017) with James D Ingram, reflects her central preoccupation as an academic with twentieth-century European Utopian thought. She is of sf interest for her second novel, The Eyelid (2020), set in a surreal Near Future ...

Sherman, Joel Henry

(1957-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "The Growth of Harold J Upton" for Space and Time in October 1980. His first novel, Corpseman (1988), is an unremarkable tale of a Cyborg who must cope with false imprisonment. More interestingly, Random Factor (1991) applies familiar sf-thriller elements to a crisis on an interstellar station (see Space Habitats) where various species are in conflict, and the ambitions of an enigmatic Alien race must be grapple with, for ...

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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