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de la Warr, George

(1904-1969) UK pioneer of a controversial alternative healing therapy involving "radionics" devices. He is best known in sf circles for his Pseudoscientific "Hieronymus machine" which enthralled John W Campbell Jr in the 1950s. This supposed Psionics machine had an elusive tactile output (the varying stickiness of a rubber pad) which was generally regarded as too subjective to be meaningful. With Langston Day he wrote two nonfiction books about his radionics research and inventions, New Worlds ...

Tiedemann, Mark W

(1954-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Spacer Walks" in Space and Time for December 1983 as M William Tiedemann; The Gravity Box and Other Spaces (coll 2014) is a good selection of his shorter work, which ranges from Hard SF to Steampunk and fantasy. His contributions to the Isaac Asimov's Robot Mysteries Shared World sequence of Ties based on the Robot stories of Isaac Asimov, beginning with Asimov's Mirage (2000), are competent. In his ...

Deese, Isadora

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult Roan and Judge Gorey sequence beginning with Right of Capture (2016) is set in a Near Future world transmogrified – and our reality opened to other Dimensions – by a mysterious Power Source seemingly embedded, perhaps as a result of Genetic Engineering, into the persons of two antagonistic teenagers. An international corporation shows an inimical interest. A physicist who disdains the world is persuaded also ...

Nervous Norvus

Performing name of US musician Jimmy Drake (1912-1968). Nervous Norvus's cheery rockabilly enjoyed a degree of US success in the 1950s, and he released inter alia a number of goofy science-fictional songs. Amongst these are "The Fang" (1956, credited to "Nervous Norvus and Red Blanchard & The Smogrollers") about a trip to Mars to meet some girls, "The Lean Green Vegetable Fiend (From 'Tuther Side of the Moon)" (1962) and "Kibble Kobble (The Flying Saucer Song)" (1962), both of whose titles ...

Roessner, Michaela

Working name of US author Michaela-Marie Roessner-Herman (1950-    ), whose first novel, the widely admired Walkabout Woman (1988), is a Fantasy interestingly rooted in Australian Aboriginal mythology; she received the John W Campbell Award for that year. Her second novel, Vanishing Point (1993) is, however, sf. Set in California thirty years after the mysterious disappearance of 90% of the human race, and climaxing in the Keep-like Winchester Mystery House in San ...

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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