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Serpell, Christopher

(1910-1991) UK journalist and Intelligence Office during World War Two, whose Loss of Eden: A Cautionary Tale (1940; vt If Hitler Comes: A Cautionary Tale 1941) with Douglas Brown is a strong Hitler Wins tale in which appeasement leads to German occupation of Britain, with desolate consequences (for more details see his collaborator). [JC]

Wilson, Robert Hendrie

(1944-    ) Scottish journalist, travel writer and author of four Genre SF tales for Robert Hale Limited, beginning with The Gods Alone (1975). [JC]

Bisson, Terry

(1942-    ) US author who has also worked as a New York publishing copy-writer. His first novel, Wyrldmaker: A Heroic Romance (1981), is a too rapidly told but intermittently dazzling Generation Starship tale told in the guise of a heroic fantasy (see also World Ship). With his second, Talking Man (1986), he comes into his full powers as a novelist whose narrative voice is urgently and lucidly that of a teller of tales. The figure at the heart of Talking Man – who does ...

Griggs, Sutton E

(1872-1933) US minister, social activist and author, whose father had been a slave in Georgia. He spent much of his long career writing, publishing through his own firm (Orion Publishing Company) and distributing texts mostly designed for Black readers, generally advancing a meliorist analysis of the world in which they had to survive. In his view, the pragmatic exercise of virtue would bring social justice to all races; he was an admirer of W E B Du Bois and a member of the National ...

Atkins, John

(1916-2009) UK teacher and author, who also published under his full name, John Alfred Atkins; he worked for Mass Observation before World War Two. He was literary editor of Tribune before George Orwell, and from March 1944 to 1947 edited The New Saxon Pamphlets #1-#3 (the first containing his short "The Apopleptic Revolution", in which all who permit themselves intemperate fury, from radio announcers to prime ministers, die with a click and an unwinding noise) and The New Saxon Review #4 and ...

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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