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Bower, B M

Pseudonym of US author Bertha Muzzy Bower Sinclair (1871-1940), who specialized in Westerns like Chip of the Flying U (1906); her one novel of sf interest, The Adam Chasers (1927), places an archaeologist – an "Adam chaser" – in Nevada, where hieroglyphics are found, along with the remains of eight-foot-tall men, all suggesting that Homo sapiens originated in the American West (see Evolution; Prehistoric SF). [JC]

Lloyd-Jones, Robin

(1934-    ) UK author, much of whose work, both nonfiction and fiction, is set in the Arctic; his novel of sf interest, The Dreamhouse (1985), set in a surreal Alaska, combines Steampunk and Gaslight Romance [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] in a narrative set mostly Underground, in a vast network of goldmining tunnels that comprise a counter-world to the life above. [JC]

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

Naylor, Doug

(1955-    ) UK scriptwriter and author best known for Red Dwarf; almost all his work of interest related to this Television series and was written with Rob Grant under the joint pseudonym Grant Naylor (which see for all work under that name). Naylor also wrote solo one Tie to the series, Last Human (1995). The Red Dwarf script extracts in Scenes from the Dwarf (coll 1996 chap) and full scripts in Son of Soup: A Second Serving of the Least Worst Scripts (coll 1996) appeared ...

Appleton, Jane Sophia

(1816-1884) US editor and author of regional texts, focused primarily on Bangor, Maine; Voices from the Kenduskeag (anth 1848) with Cornelia Crosby Barrett, assembles poems and stories for a local audience, some fantastical; much of the material seems to be directly by Appleton. Of sf interest in the book are "Vision of Bangor in the Twentieth Century" and "Sequel to the Vision of Bangor", in which a distant Near Future Bangor is seen as a Utopia in which the sexes are equal (see Feminism). ...

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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