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Schweblin, Samanta

(1978-    ) Argentinian author active from around 2000, in Germany from 2012; her work typically expresses, along with exilic tensions, an occasionally sweet-tongued toughness in the presentation of self, sometimes in nonfantastic stories where touches of Ray Bradbury's ambient sense of the horrific can be detected. But more often the abysses of the world are depicted with a deadpan clarity reminiscent of the work of Franz ...

Rich, Simon

(1984-    ) US scriptwriter, journalist and author, first known for his work for the Television series Saturday Night Live beginning in 2007. His short stories and sketches, several of which have appeared in the Shouts and Murmurs section of the New Yorker, intensify an initially slick shaggy-dog literalism into an intense, almost elegiac, "wacky" absurdism (see Absurdist SF), his first ...

Dung Kai-Cheung

(1967-    ) Chinese author, and sometime university lecturer, who studied comparative literature at the University of Hong Kong, writing his M Phil dissertation on Marcel Proust. Strongly influenced by the Oulipo movement, Dung's work is thick with Fabulation, including evolutionary histories of non-existent species, descriptions of fantastic cities, and ...

Bounds, Sydney J

(1920-2006) UK author, active in various fields from the late 1940s, who published his first Horror fantasy, "Strange Portrait", in the sole issue of Outlands dated Winter 1946. Some early short Space Opera in Authentic and New Worlds appeared 1953-1955 as by George C Duncan. He built a considerable and well-respected ...

Jordan, G P

(?   -    ) Author (perhaps Canadian) of work for Young Adult readers; as Godfrey P Jordan he has written nonfiction for this market on Baseball. Of sf interest is the MicroKidz Mystery Adventures series opening with The Cagey Bee Byte (1984? or reissue); as indicated by the series title, the action deals with issues of ...

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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