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StarShipSofa

UK-based weekly Audiozine run by Tony C Smith which began on 20 December 2007. It began with simple readings of stories, professionally recorded and downloadable, posted weekly, but the site has since expanded to include videos, downloadable anthologies and a host of other interactive media. Some of the stories are originals, but the majority are previously published material by major writers, Michael Moorcock being one of the most popular; others include Kage Baker, Elizabeth Bear, Michael ...

van Scyoc, Sydney J

(1939-    ) US author, active in the Unitarian Church, who began publishing work of genre interest with Shatter the Wall (February Galaxy 1962; 2016 ebook), and afterwards contributed stories regularly to the magazines. She soon became best known for her novels, beginning with the impressive Saltflower (1971), in which Aliens seed Earth to produce a new breed of "men" designed to create Utopia through the elimination of women (see Women in SF). Assignment Nor'Dyren (1973) ...

Oliver, Lauren

Pseudonym of US author Laura Schechter (1982-    ). whose first novel, Before I Fall (2010), is fantasy; of sf interest is the Delirium sequence of Young Adult tales, comprising Delirium (2011) and Pandemonium (2012) and set in a Dystopian Near Future America, where a medical cure for love is imposed on all citizens at the age of eighteen by a ruthless government. The protagonist fights against this. [JC]

Wallace, John

(1892-1968) Australian author of Invasion (1940), a very Near Future tale about the danger of Invasion facing Australia. [JC]

Augustinus

Pseudonym of unknown UK author (?   -?   ) whose two sf novels – Two Brothers: A Story of the Twentieth Century (1898) and Paul Rees: A Story of the Coming Reformation (1899) – are designed as religious propaganda; in both cases, saintly Catholics successfully oppose spiritualism and the spirit of untoward rebelliousness. In the second, set in 1905, a heathen UK is defeated by an Invention at the hands of the French: faith is restored. [JC]

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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