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Gu Shi

(?   -    ) Chinese author and urban planner who first came to prominence around 2011, with a number of stories that remarkably worked within the local tradition of didactic science fiction (see China), and yet also asserted a poignant notion of the likely emotional and ethical impact of scientific progress. Critics have parsed this as a particularly "female" reaction to the boys' club of the genre in China, although Gu herself has denied this. / Her ...

Doctorow, E L

(1931-2015) US author who remains best known for Ragtime (1975), a novel that evokes the past with a hallucinatory power which edges its real-life and fictional characters into a fable-like milieu (see Fabulation). His first novel of any interest in a fantastic sense, Big as Life (1966), depicts Satirically the Dystopian response of the New York authorities when enormous beings suddenly appear in the city streets. Over the years, he has created a fabulated history for New York, his continuing ...

Clay, Cynthia Joyce

(1954-    ) US author whose Feminist sf tale, Zollocco: A Novel of Another Universe (2000), whose Earth-human protagonist finds herself transported to a world where a Gaia-like principle animates the forest; the argument of the book allows the inference that feminist goals are only to be achieved through a freeing of the spirituality of women. [JC]

Spinrad, Norman

(1940-    ) US author, born in New York – where he set some impressive fiction – but resident in France for many years; married to N Lee Wood (1990-2005). He began publishing sf with "The Last of the Romany" for Analog in 1963, assembled with other early work as The Last Hurrah of the Golden Horde (coll 1970), the title story being among the most successful of the attempts made by various authors to write a Shared World tale using the characters and universe of ...

Greenwood, Gary

(?   -    ) UK small-press author in whose first novel The Dreaming Pool (1998) a South Wales underachiever is threatened by ghosts, a secret society and an H P Lovecraft-style Thing; an early hint at extra-terrestrial incomers (see Aliens) leaves the true nature of events around the titular pool suitably unresolved. Greenwood's distinctive mix of sf, Horror, Religion, noir thriller and social observation reappeared in three further books culminating in the ...

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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