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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...

Buland, Trond

(1958-    ) Norwegian scientist dr.polit. (Phd in sociology) and sf author, belonging to a generation of new voices emerging in the 1980s. He began to publish work of genre interest with the title story of the Norwegian Original Anthology Siste reis ["The Last Journey"] (anth 1982) edited by Terje Wanberg (1939-2006), followed by "Carita" in the original anthology Asterveg ["The Road to ...

Shelton, Greg

(?   -    ) US author of an sf novel, Chasing the Cosmic Wind (1999), in which a ship carrying Aliens crashes into the Pacific; by a process of Identity Transfer, the aliens take over the minds of seven swimmers. As the tale progresses, interspecies relationships (see First Contact; Sex) begin to develop. [JC]

Longmate, Norman

(1925-2016) UK author whose works include detective novels but who concentrated on military history, the point of view from which he approaches the Hitler Wins scenario of If Britain Had Fallen (1972), based on the 1972 BBC Television series speculating on the fall of Britain in 1940, after a Nazi Invasion. Longmate's text is remorselessly focused. [JC]

Künsken, Derek

(1971-    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Tidal ­Maneuvers" in On Spec for Fall 2006. Most of his later work fits into two connected Hard SF series. The Quantum Universe sequence beginning with The Quantum Magician (January-May 2018 Analog; 2018) follows the life and exploits of a ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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