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Haseley, Dennis

(1950-    ) US psychotherapist and author who specialized for many years in picture books, the most ambitious of which – like Ghost Catcher (graph 1989), about a man without a shadow who retrieves people from the brink of death – are of general interest. Typically of this author, Dr Gravity (1992), a Young Adult novel, describes the consequences on others of exceptional individuals, in this case a man with power over Gravity who by "freeing" his fellows of its ...

Sullivan, Robert

(1953-    ) US journalist and author, most of whose work has been nonfiction, much of it associated with Life magazine, where he served as a senior editor for many years. Of sf interest are two spoof "nonfiction" studies, both elaborately arrayed with confabulated documentary evidence about their subject matters. The first, The Flight of the Reindeer: The True Story of Santa Claus and his Christmas Mission (1996), is constructed in part around a narrative, complete with ...

King, Reed

Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -    ) whose only publication under this name, FKA USA (2019), is a gonzo distant Near Future tale set in a balkanized America and describing a road-trip from what was once Missouri, but is now Crunch, United Colonies, to California. In 2085, all the Climate-Change and Ecological disasters currently promulgated have indeed occurred: rising seas, intolerable temperatures, the loss of half of California to the ...

Canavan, Gerry

(?   -    ) US academic whose doctorate in literature is from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Assistant Professor of 20th and 21st Century Literature at Marquette University, Milwaukee,Wisconsin, since 2012. He began to publish criticism of genre interest with "'We Are the Walking Dead': Race, Time, and Survival in Zombie Narrative" (Fall 2010, Extrapolation). With Kim Stanley Robinson he co-edited the Ecology-related symposium Green Planets: Ecology ...

Blake, Tim

(1952-    ) UK composer and musician. In addition to playing keyboards with Hawkwind, Blake released a number of solo works, with one, Blake's New Jerusalem (1978), of particular genre interest. Blake's generally slow, throbbing synthesizer playing and reedily plangent voice imagines a future Utopia that includes his titular City as well as the deep space beacon of "Lighthouse" (a song also recorded by Hawkwind). The album's high reputation may be linked to its current ...

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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