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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 ...

Shannon, Lizzy

(?   -    ) UK-born actress and author, now a US citizen, of various works, among them some sf romances, in USA for many years; her titles include Tempest Raised (2001), a Planetary Romance set on a lush planet, and involving its heroine in Time Travel riffs; and Time Twist (2009), in which a twentieth-century woman is transported into a distant ...

Atom-Age Combat

US Comic (1952-1953). Five issues (but see below). St John Publishing Co. Artists include Bob Bean, Ben Brown, Howard Larsen, Ralph Mayo and Doug Wildey, also possibly Charles Sultan and George Tuska. 3-5 longer strips per issue, plus 1 or 2 briefer pieces (strips, text stories or jokes). They were a mixture of non-fantastic Korean War stories and sf tales. There was only one of the latter in #1, but by #5 three of the four strips were sf. / Each issue has the ...

Drennan, Paul

(1949-2003) UK author of an unremarkable sf novel, Wooden Centauri (1975), featuring the return of deep-frozen (see Cryonics) space explorers to a Dystopian Earth. [JC]

Kelley, Karen

(?   -    ) US nurse and author, mostly of romances, beginning in the early 1990s. Of sf interest is the Planet Nerak sequence of romantic Space Opera tales beginning with Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind (2007), in which Mala, a sex-hungry woman from another world bored by Sex with Robots, becomes attracted to the men of Earth; in subsequent volumes, ...

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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