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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Atiyah, Edward

(1903-1964) Lebanese-born author in the UK permanently from 1945; his study of Jewish-Arab conflicts in the Middle East, The Arabs (1955), supplied arguments utilized (sometimes ruthlessly) by all sides in the long tragedy. He is of sf interest for The Eagle Flies from England (1960), an Alternate History tale in which Napoleon's parents emigrate to Britain in 1769; their son – displaying military and political genius ...

Hurwitz, Gregg Andrew

(1973-    ) US Comics writer for DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and author of Technothrillers with a Horror cast, whose first novels were published under his full name, though he more recently writes as Gregg Hurwitz. His first novel of sf interest is Minutes to Burn (2001), in which, tellingly, ...

Faber, Michel

(1960-    ) Dutch/Australian/Scottish author, born in Holland, raised in Australia from the age of seven, resident from 1993 in Scotland, where much of his fiction is located; partner from 2016 of Louisa Young. He is best known for The Crimson Petal and the White (2002), a blockbuster novel set in a nonfantastic Victorian London but narrated as though to a time traveller from the future; a nonfantastic collection, ...

Teller, Astro

Working name of UK-born entrepreneur and author Eric Z Teller (1970-    ), in USA (his parents are American) from early childhood; he is of sf interest for Exegesis (1997), an epistolary novel comprising email correspondence between an AI and the woman striving to gain credit for (and intellectual property rights upon) its Invention. Some of the interactions depicted evoke echoes of 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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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