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Rayner, Mark A

(?   -    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Any Port in a Storm" for Parsec for Summer 1999; in The Amadeus Net (2005), an Immortal Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has survived into the Near Future, where – after a world-shaking Disaster – he has assisted in the construction of a Utopia; a few years later, in 2028, he applies for a sex change. The book is a Satire, with many targets. Marvellous Hairy (2009) is also a ...

Harcourt, Glenn

(?   -    ) US author who collaborated with Carter Scholz (whom see for description) on his only sf publication, the novel Palimpsests (1984). [JC]

Garnett, Edward

(1868-1937) publisher's reader, journalist, playwright and author, well known in the first capacity for his early advocacy of many writers who would become famous, those with entries in this encyclopedia including Joseph Conrad, E M Forster and W H Hudson; son of the librarian and author Richard Garnett, husband of the translator Constance Garnett (1862-1946), father of David Garnett [for all three Garnett authors see also The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. His greatest ...

Florakis, Diamandis

(1935-    ) Greek author who has written at least ten sf novels since his first, Epistotē sto mellon (1973; trans anon as Return to the Future: A Transcendental Novel 1981), which initiates his eleven-volume Eschatological Un-Reality/Existential Anarchy, a series whose individual volumes share a sharp Satirical take, a conceptual adventurousness reminiscent of the work of European sf writers like Yevgeny Zamiatin or Stanisław Lem, and a habit of manipulating topoi ...

Bierce, Ambrose

(1842-circa 1914) US journalist, poet and author of short stories and Satires, deeply affected by his four years in the American Civil War (he enlisted as a private in 1861, was breveted major for bravery, and was wounded twice). Like Bret Harte and Mark Twain, (who settled in London, as for shorter periods did Joaquin Miller and Twain), he soon went abroad, spending 1872-circa 1875 in the UK, publishing three volumes of sketches there as by Dod Grile, most notably The Fiend's Delight (coll ...

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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