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Danville, Gaston

Pseudonym of French author Armand Blocq (1870-1933), who initially came to prominence through his involvement with the journal Mercure de France, which he helped found in 1890, and which espoused the Symbolist movement in French poetry. The Anatomy of Love and Murder: Psychoanalytical Fantasies (coll trans Brian Stableford from various sources 2013) presents tales dating from 1891 to 1916, several of them assembled in Contes d'au-delà ["Tales from Beyond"] (coll 1892); most of them are ...

Wilson, William H

(1869-1915) US author whose sf novel Rafnaland: The Strange Story of John Heath Howard (1900) describes a voyage by Balloon to the North Pole, where the eponymous Lost World is discovered, inhabited by Vikings. Unusually, after falling in love with the local princess, the balloonist, while attempting to escape with his love, perishes. [JC]

Hookham, Albert E

(1870-1958) UK author of Amid the Strife; Or, the Lust of Mars (1909), a Future War tale whose venues are less specific than usual for this period, as the tale concerns a conflict between Britain and Bryghtland. [JC]

Wu, William F

(1951-    ) US author, married until 1990 to Diana G Gallagher, who began publishing work of genre interest with "By the Flicker of the One-Eyed Flame" for Andromeda 2 (anth 1977) edited by Peter Weston, and who has produced considerable work in various genres, receiving nominations for various awards; several tales make use of his own Chinese-US background. The protagonist of Hong on the Range (1989) had appeared earlier in "Hong's Bluff" (March 1985 Omni). The Shade of Lo ...


Pseudonym of UK naval officer and author Geoffrey Martin Bennett (1909-1983), whose two sf novels both deal with menaces at sea: The Invisible Ships (1950) indeed features invisible ships (see Invisibility), and This Creeping Evil (1950) features sea Monsters and a threat to the UK [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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