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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Oberth, Hermann

(1894-1989) Austro-Hungarian born German engineer and physicist, in his early years much influenced by the work of Jules Verne. He is of great importance in the theory and development of Rocket science from as early as 1917, and his (rejected) doctoral thesis – Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen ["The Rocket into Interplanetary Space"] (1923 chap; exp vt Wege zur Raumschiffahrt ["Ways to Spaceflight"] ...

Wold Newton Family

A literary conceit or retrospective Shared World devised by Philip José Farmer as what might be called a Grand Unified Theory of numerous fictional characters, several of them Icons and/or Superheroes. The premise is that the real-world meteorite that fell near Wold Newton, Yorkshire, in December 1795 was a source of ...

Charlton Comics

Charlton Comics was the primary Comics imprint of Charlton Publications, founded in 1946 in Derby, Connecticut, by Joe Santangelo Sr and attorney Ed Levy. Charlton Publications published a wide variety of assorted magazines and, briefly, the Monarch paperback imprint which published some sf. Charlton Comics was notoriously the lowest-paying US comics publisher, and would often pick up material and titles from defunct publishers – obtaining, for example, a great ...

Clements, Jonathan

(1971-    ) UK author and translator from Japanese of over seventy Anime and Manga. His translations include sf such as Sol Bianca (1990; trans 1996 UK), Grey: Digital Target (1986; trans 1995) (see Grey) and Toyamazakura Uchūchō Yatsu no Na wa Gold (1988; trans as Samurai Gold, 1995), and fantasy including ...

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. ...

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