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Lim, Eugene

(?   -    ) US professional librarian and author, active from the early 2000s, whose works of interest can be characterized as metafictions (see Fabulation; Postmodernism and SF). Fog & Car (2008) is gonzo but essentially nonfantastic. One of the disjointed narrative paths in The Strangers [for subtitle see Checklist below] (2013) includes a crew of intersecting Doppelgangers on a Ship of Fools-cum-Library. In Dear Cyborgs: A Novel (2017), two Asian ...

Bramah, Ernest

Working name of UK author Ernest Brammah Smith (1868-1942) for all his writing; he is best-known for two series, the Max Carrados sequence [see Checklist below] about a blind detective, all of whose Perceptions (except of course sight) are enormously enhanced by rigorous training; and a series of tales in which the Chinese Kai Lung displays his skills as a professional story-teller – often to stave off some unpleasant fate, like Scheherazade. Although only two Carrados adventures involve ...

Nersesian, Arthur

(1958-    ) US poet and author whose novels have focused on a surreal vision of New York; the first few of these, especially The Fuck-Up (1997), tend to follow dissident outcasts through exorbitant storylines without severely transgressing the technically possible (see Equipoise), but the Five Books of Moses sequence, comprising The Swing Voter of Staten Island (2007) and The Sacrificial Circumcision of the Bronx (2008) to date, can be understood in terms of a gonzo ...

Women SF Writers

In the opinion of many it was a woman, Mary Shelley, who created sf with Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818; rev 1831). But after such a strong start women's contributions to the genre, while never entirely absent, were not substantial until the late 1960s. Nevertheless it should be noted that women contributed to the Proto SF tradition as early as the seventeenth century, the most obvious example being the important Margaret Cavendish with The Description of a New World, Called the ...

Burns, Alan

(1929-2013) UK lawyer, academic and author, long resident in the USA; in the UK again after about 1980. Some of his Fabulations at novel length, such as Europe After the Rain (1965), Celebrations (1967), Babel (1969) and Dreamerika!: A Surrealist Fantasy (1972), utilize sf instruments to grapple with a surreal vision of a modern world toppling jaggedly into chaos. His techniques on occasion resemble those adopted by J G Ballard during the 1960s. / With Charles Sugnet he co-edited The ...

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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