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Warren, Andrew

(?   -    ) UK author of a Near Future Political drama This Time Next October (1971), in which Britain is at the verge of a General Election in which a "Neutralist" decision to separate herself from the rest of Europe is imminent, causing the government to build Underground bunkers to protect itself. A coup is forfended. [JC]

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 ...

McConnochie, Mardi

(1971-    ) Australian author, partner of James Bradley; her first novel Coldwater (2001), written for adults, is nonfantastic, as is The Snow Queen (2004); she has also written fantasy for relatively young readers, She is of sf interest for the Young Adult Quest of the Sunfish sequence beginning with Escape to the Moon Islands (2017; vt The Flooded Earth 2018), set in a moderately distant Near Future Earth, some time after catastrophic flooding, due to Weather Control gone ...

Merle, Robert

(1908-2004) Algerian-born French author, in France from 1918, recipient of the Prix Goncourt in 1949, known primarily for his work outside the sf field. His Un animal doué de raison (1967; trans Helen Weaver as The Day of the Dolphin 1969) is an ingenious examination of scientific and political ethics following the main character's breakthrough in Communication with dolphins, along the lines promulgated by John C Lilly (1915-2001), whose life and career inspired the tale. A film version, ...

Hyde, Christopher

(1949-    ) Canadian television interviewer and author, generally of Technothrillers, beginning with The Wave (1979) and continuing with titles like The Icarus Seal (1982) and Crestwood Heights (1988), the eponymous village under siege in the latter tale evoking Stephen King, Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives (1974), and even John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos (1956). Egypt Green (1989) depicts a possibly Near Future world in which bright children are sequestered in Keeps until ...

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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