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Bester, Alfred

(1913-1987) US editor and author, born in New York, a city with which he was always closely associated, his first two sf novels – on which his reputation increasingly depends – both being largely set in a vividly presented future New York. Educated in both humanities and sciences – including Psychology, perhaps the most important "science" in his sf – Bester entered sf when he submitted a story to Thrilling Wonder Stories. Mort Weisinger, the editor, helped Bester to ...


US Original-Anthology series from Paperback Library 1970-1971, edited by Samuel R Delany and the poet Marilyn Hacker – they were married 1961-1980 – and subtitled "A Quarterly of Speculative Fiction". QUARK/ was the most overtly experimental and New-Wave of the anthology series of the early 1970s, and provoked some hostility in the sf world. It attempted an ambitious, graphically sophisticated package; but some of the illustration was substandard and the design tended to be ...

Emshwiller, Carol

(1921-2019) US non-teaching scholar – she gained BAs in Music and Design, and was a Fullbright Fellow in France around 1950 – and author who began to publish sf with "This Thing Called Love" for Future in 1955. She was married from 1949 until his death in 1990 to Ed Emshwiller, with whom she occasionally collaborated (and often, as she made clear, argued); but from the beginning of her career the razor-sharp exactness of her language and the subversive power of the themes she ...

Stockbridge, Grant

A House Name used by Popular Publications, especially in The Spider. Most if not all the Stockbridge stories in The Spider were by Norvell W Page; some were by Emile C Tepperman, Wayne Rogers and Prentice Winchell (1895-1976). It has been suggested that Frank Gruber and Reginald T Maitland also used this pseudonym. [PN/DRL] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database Picture Gallery

Robson, Kelly

(1967-    ) Canadian author, married to A M Dellamonica, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill" in Clarkesworld for February 2015. Waters of Versailles (10 June 2015; 2015 ebook) is an historical fantasy. Of sf interest is Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach (2018), which begins in the moderately distant Near Future, after Homo sapiens has begun to leave its Underground redoubts or Keeps a century or so after ...

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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