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Smith, George O

(1911-1981) US electronics engineer and author, most active and prominent in the 1940s in Astounding Science-Fiction, in which his first story, "QRM – Interplanetary", appeared in October 1942: the tale both began his sf career and initiated his most famous endeavour, the Venus Equilateral Series of stories (all in Astounding except for one late addition) about a Communications-centred Space Station in the forward Trojan position (60° ahead of the planet) of the orbit of Venus (see ...

Hoyt, Francis Deming

(1843-1922) US author whose sf novel, The Coming Storm (1913), castigates socialism, and workers' movements in general, from a conservative Catholic position in its depiction of a Near Future rising tide of oppression. [JC]

McConaghy, Charlotte

(1988-    ) Australian author much of whose work has been fantasy for Young Adult readers. Her third series, The Cure sequence, beginning with The Fury (2014 ebook) [all volumes later issued in print form], is set in a Near FutureDystopian world where the eponymous Drug, injected annually, eliminates all anger in those subjected to it. But as some form of anger is intimately wedded to other forms of human emotion and conation, the world created is desolate. But love and ...

Farncombe, Frank E

(1880-1929) UK author of two sf novels, both with Robert L Hadfield: the Near Future Ruled by Radio (1925), in which a "Z" Ray threatens radio-mediated world peace in 1930; and Red Radio (1927), in which similar conspiracies take even more convoluted twists. [JC/MA]

Darrington, Hugh

(1940-    ) UK author whose sf novels are The God Killers (1970) with Tony Halliwell, both authors signing as James Ross, and Gravitor (1971), which features an oppressed world and a scientific plot to increase Gravity, causing chaos ... to the advantage of the plotters. [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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