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Burke, James Lee

(1936-    ) US author active from the mid-1960s, though he only became widely known with the long Dave Robicheaux sequence of noir crime novels beginning with The Neon Rain (1987); set mostly in Louisiana from the mid-1980s on, they have become recognized as a significant series of interwoven tales – almost a roman fleuve – in which a portrayal of the gradual destruction of bayou country and the Mississippi delta gradually ...

Takeshita Ryūnosuke

(1984-    ) Japanese lawyer and former child prodigy who enjoyed a brief and meteoric career as an author beginning with Tensai Eri-chan Kingyō o Tabeta ["Genius Eri Ate a Goldfish"] (1991). This, in turn, became the subject of some controversy when the seven-year-old Takeshita's book, daubed with understandably childish artwork, won the Masami Fukushima Writers Prize, leading to protests ...

Noyes, Ralph

(1923-1998) UK author whose sf novel, A Secret Property (1985), depicts an Invasion of UFOs without great originality. [JC]

Kleier, Glenn

(1949-    ) US businessman and author in whose very Near Future sf novel, The Last Day (1997), what appears to be a female Messiah crashes from above into an Israeli lab in 1999, just short of the millennium, but may be in fact the climax of an attempt to Clone supermen (see Superman) and not Christ at all. [JC]

Enstrom, Robert

(1946-    ) US industrial chemist and author whose first novel, Encounter Program (1977), attempts to deal with a late-century sf problem – how to cope with Aliens when we encounter them – in an idiom derived from Space Operas published 50 years earlier, when the problem was easier to solve. Beta Colony (1980), in which a colony planet attempts to re-colonize ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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