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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...

Kuppord, Skelton

Pseudonym of UK academic, educationist and author John Adams (1857-1934), prolific author of nonfiction under his own name. As Kuppord, he wrote several tales, usually for boys; The Uncharted Island (dated 1899 but 1898) engages its cast Underground in borderline sf activities beneath a South Pacific Island; his sf novel proper, A Fortune from the Sky (dated 1903 but 1902), features several ...

Beliaev, Alexander

(1884-?1942) Russian author whose surname has been variously transliterated; further spellings include Beliayev, Belyaev and Belyayev. His death-date is likewise insecure: he died during the German occupation of the city of Pushkin and, while his body was discovered in January 1942, it is possible that he died in late 1941. As one of the originators of the sf genre in Soviet literature, Beliaev's Wells- and Verne-influenced writings ...


UK tv series (1983-1986). Anderson Burr Pictures/London Weekend Television. Created by Gerry Anderson, produced by Anderson, Christopher Burr; directors Alan Pattillo, Tony Bell, Tony Lenny, Desmond Saunders; all episodes written by Tony Barwick (one with Trevor Lansdown) except for pilot, by Anderson. Three seasons, 39 25-minute episodes in all. / Using more advanced puppets than in all his SuperMarionation ...

Haberfield, Bob

(1938-2021) Australian-born artist, long in the UK, sometimes wrongly credited as Bob Habberfield; first active in the early 1960s with record sleeve design and Illustration for the UK-based World Record Club. He was best known for his striking cover artwork for sf, fantasy and Science Fantasy titles published by the London-based Mayflower Books and Granada Publishing/Panther (the latter acquiring the former as an imprint ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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