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Brewer, Gene

(1937-    ) US author of the K-PAX sequence featuring a protagonist calling himself "prot" (lower case) who claims to his psychiatrist "Gene Brewer" in the ward where he has been detained that he is a visiting Alien from the planet K-PAX. Throughout the sequence – which comprises K-PAX (1995), On a Beam of Light (2001; vt K-PAX II: On a Beam of Light 2001) and K-PAX III: The Worlds of Prot (2002), all assembled with an additional story as K-PAX Omnibus, Featuring ...

Thurber, James

(1894-1961) US cartoonist, playwright and author, best known for his cartoons (many of them published in The New Yorker [see Slick], where many of his writings also appeared) and for his complexly humorous short stories and pieces, the best assembly of these being perhaps The Middle-Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze: A Collection of Short Pieces (coll 1935), where his Alternate History spoof, "If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox" (6 December 1930 The New Yorker), reached book form. His most ...

Colfer, Eoin

(1965-    ) Irish schoolteacher and author for Young Adult audiences from his first book, Benny and Omar (1998), which is not fantastic. His other singletons are, however of fantasy interest: the young protagonist of The Wish List (2000), who has died, is given a chance to redeem her soul by doing good works back on Earth; The Supernaturalist (2004) is set in the Near Future but is essentially fantasy. Of particular interest is ... And Another Thing ...: Douglas Adams's ...

Boston, Bruce

(1943-    ) US poet (see Poetry) and prose author whose early work tended to the surreal, but who began – with stories like "Break" for New Worlds 7 (anth 1974) edited by Hilary Bailey and Charles Platt – to invoke fantasy and sf themes. His early poetry – much of it not genre at all, and almost all of it couched in a classically lucid voice – can most easily be approached through Jackbird: Tales of Illusion & Identity (coll 1976 chap); it is ...

Murphy, G Read

(1856-1925) Australian magistrate and author, in whose Lost Race tale, Beyond the Ice: Being a Story of the Newly Discovered Region Round the North Pole: Edited from Dr Frank Farleigh's Diary by G Read Murphy (1894) an advanced civilization called Zara is discovered, along with three less advanced societies, around the North Pole. The former has flourished for hundreds of years, thanks to a modicum of Weather Control, highly-developed Power Sources and social controls along lines promulgated by ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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