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Shulman, Dee

(1957-    ) South African author and illustrator, in the UK from childhood, whose first book, Hetty the Yeti (2004 chap), was written for younger children. She is of some sf interest for the Young Adult Parallon Trilogy comprising Fever (2012), Delirium (2013) and Afterlife (2014), an updating of the Timeslip romance in which a laboratory experiment casts the young protagonist back to 152 CE, where she saves a gladiator's life. They are later forced to flee through time in ...

Schuyler, George S

(1895-1977) US author whose first sf novel, Black No More: Being an Account of the Strange and Wonderful Workings of Science in the Land of the Free, A.D. 1933-1940 (1931) is a Satire featuring the Invention of a cosmetic treatment is that can bleach Blacks permanent white; the protagonist, now white (for what that means: Schuyler scathingly mocks any understanding of race as being defined by anything more significant than external circumstances), becomes a leading member of the Ku Klux Klan ...

Butor, Michel

(1926-2016) French critic and author, principally known as a leading exponent of the nouveau roman. Butor was one of the first mainstream and academic critics to consider sf seriously according to the same standards as general literature. He published an invigorating analysis of Jules Verne as early as 1949, and examined the dilemmas and future potential of the field in his penetrating study, "La crise de croissance de la SF" (1953); this was first translated by Richard Howard as "Science ...

Peddie, James

(?   -?   ) Scottish author, much of whose output was nonfiction under various names about games. His sf novel is Capture of London (1887 chap), in which the Invasion of London, after the general model of the Battle of Dorking tales, is in this case accomplished via a Channel tunnel. [JC]

Mackel, Kathryn

(1950-    ) US screenwriter and author who writes for adult and Young Adult readers as Kathryn Mackel, and for younger readers as Kathy Mackel. Her work throughout is infused with Christian beliefs and advocacies, which govern her deployment of sf tropes, so that events initially seen as sf soon become Equipoisal between sf and supernatural fiction before unfolding in terms of dramas where the End of the World is couched as a Godgame drama designed to separate sinners from ...

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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