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Crowcroft, Peter

(1925-1982) UK actor and author in the US from 1963 – reportedly very prolific under a number of unrevealed pseudonyms – whose The Fallen Sky (1954) describes a Post-Holocaust London in which a sociologist lives a Last Man existence under barbarous conditions, attempting to cure himself of violence and finding – through his discovery of a tribe of blind children, one of ...

Clagett, John

(1916-2013) US naval officer during World War Two, diplomat, teacher/professor at Middlebury College, Vermont, and author whose first sf novel, A World Unknown (1975), is of some interest for its portrayal of an Alternate-History USA dominated by a Latin civilization that has never been influenced by Christianity – Jesus Christ having never existed. In The Orange R (1978), mutants known as ...


The following genre-related awards receive detailed individual entries in this encyclopedia: / Aelita Award (Russia) Andre Norton Award: see Nebula. Arthur C Clarke Award (for novels) British Fantasy Award (1966-1969) BSFA Award ...


Well-known Term denoting the ambulant, Poison-stinging, vegetable Monsters which harass the mostly blinded remnants of humanity in John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids (6 January-3 February 1951 Collier's Weekly; as "Revolt of the Triffids"; 1951; rev 1951; orig version vt Revolt of the Triffids ...

D'Argenteuil, Paul

Pseudonym of the unidentified US author (?   -?   ) of The Trembling of Borealis (1899), set in America after a war with Cuba and featuring a revolt of the working classes which brings about a welfare state and the disenfranchisement of Blacks. Given the socialist – albeit racist – bent of the tale (see Politics; Race in SF), the author's Pseudonym ...

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. ...

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