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Morrall, Clare

(1952-    ) UK author whose earlier work, like her first novel, the nonfantastic Astonishing Splashes of Colour (2004), tend to feature characters immersed in edgily dysfunctional lives, with some sense that the pressure of the world may cause them to burst beyond the mundane into situations of psychic extremity. Her first novel of sf interest, When the Floods Came (2015), places its Young Adult protagonist into a Near Future world itself under near intolerable stress, for ...

Transgender SF

In the real world, gender reassignment surgery dates back to around 1930 as a technique; an earlier operation, in 1918, involved only removal of breasts and ovaries. The full procedure only became widely known to the general public, however, after the media blitz that surrounded Christine Jorgensen's transition in 1953. For reasons which may possibly have nothing to do with social attitudes (but almost certainly do), there seems to be no genuine early sf example of an attempt to anticipate ...

Stirling, S M

(1953-    ) French-born author in Canada from childhood; he took out US citizenship in 2003. He began publishing work of genre interest with Snowbrother (1985), the first volume of the Fifth Millennium fantasy sequence, which continued with The Sharpest Edge (1986) with Shirley Meier, The Cage (1989) with Meier, and Shadow's Son (1991) with Meier and Karen Wehrstein. It was, however, with his second series, the Alternate-History Draka sequence – Marching through ...

Dye, Charles

(1925-1960) US author who began publishing sf with "The Last Orbit" for Amazing in February 1950. He was active for less than half a decade, soon publishing his only sf novel, Prisoner in the Skull (1952), in which ordinary Homo sapiens and a form of Superman engage in thriller-like confrontations. He was married briefly (1950-1953) to Katherine MacLean, who wrote The Man Who Staked the Stars (July 1952 Planet Stories; 2010) and "Syndrome Johnny" (July 1951 Galaxy) under his name. The latter ...

Moran, Richard

(1942-2009) US author whose Near Future Disaster thrillers – beginning with Cold Sea Rising (1986), in which volcanic action melts the Ross Ice Shelf in the Antarctic – usually import Technothriller elements into their storylines, giving room for heroic action which turns the tables. Novels of this sort include Dallas Down (1988) and the Meade sequence comprising The Empire of Ice (1994) and Earth Winter (1995), in which volcanic action has caused Earth temperatures to plummet. ...

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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