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Reeve, James Knapp

(1856-1933) US author of The Three Richard Whalens: A Story of Adventure (1897), a Lost Race tale, in which the third Whalen searches for the Caribbean Island where the first Whalen had made a mysterious discovery, two centuries earlier. [JC]

Brockmeier, Kevin

(1972-    ) US author, much of whose fiction has explored the contemporary world through quiet but revelatory stories and novels only inadequately describable as fantasy (or "litfant") or Slipstream SF or Fabulation or sf. As with the work of other writers roughly contemporary with him who have been associated with The New Yorker, including Karen Russell and George Saunders, they are, rather, exemplary demonstrations of the uses of Fantastika as a toolkit fit to explore the ...

Gear, W Michael

(1955-    ) US author with extensive training in American archaeology; married to Kathleen O'Neal Gear from 1982 He began publishing sf with the competent Spider sequence – The Warriors of Spider (1988), The Way of Spider (1989) and The Web of Spider (1989), plus The Artifact (1990), which serves as a prequel – about the conflict between a newly discovered lost-colony offshoot of humanity and the reactionary Directorate which attempts to control human space. The ...

Van Dyke, John Henry

(?   -?   ) US author whose self-published Flash sequence of occultish sf novels, comprising The Flash (1927) and Blended Worlds (1927), carries a variegated cast through Western-inflected landscapes, where Secret Masters are met in Underground fastnesses, advanced science is displayed, all within the frame of a plot seemingly designed – though it is not easy to unpack a Godgame understory – to challenge the main protagonists to earn their coming ...

Gamma World

Role Playing Game (1978). Tactical Studies Rules (TSR). Designed by James Ward, Gary Jaquet. / The original edition of Gamma World is an atomic age fantasy set in the eponymous "third age" of the Earth, a Post-Holocaust world full of psychic Mutants, forgotten super-technologies and devastated Cities. The background is Science Fantasy rather than realistic science fiction, influenced by such novels as Andre Norton's Star Man's Son, 2250 A.D. (1952) and Sterling E Lanier's Hiero's Journey ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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