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McConnell, James V

(1925-1990) US biologist and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Life Sentence" for Galaxy Science Fiction in January 1953, and who in 1959 founded a science magazine-cum-Fanzine, The Worm Runner's Digest, in which alongside scientific papers (in particular on planarian worms, his speciality) he published spoofs and Satires. Many of these are assembled as The Worm Re-Turns: The Best from The Worm Runner's Digest (anth 1965) and Science, Sex and Sacred Cows: Spoofs of ...

Ripley, Karen

Pseudonym of US author Mary K Urhausen (1948-    ) who began publishing work of genre interest with "In Another Land" for If in 1968 as Mary Urhausen, but whose later work is always signed Karen Ripley. It includes the Prisoner of Dreams sequence comprising Prisoner of Dreams (1989) and The Tenth Class (1991), which features the adventures of a female starship-pilot who must cope with repressive authorities and with planets named, for instance, Heinlein (see Recursive SF); ...

Hayward, William Stephens

(1835-1870) UK author, responsible for many adventure novels published in book form between 1863 and 1886, whose sf novel, The Cloud King, or Up in the Air and Down in the Sea (February-August 1863 The Boys' Journal as "The Cloud King; or, The Adventures of Charley Skyflier"; 1865), features a Balloon trip to an African Lost World in which low Gravity seems to help keep the natives from ageing, and which has Underground facilities, including access to the centre of the earth. Jess Nevins ...

Schneider, John G

(1909-1964) US author whose borderline-sf Satire, The Golden Kazoo (1956), which anatomizes the Madison Avenue nature of the (Near-Future) 1960 presidential election, which he saw as foolishly Computer-dominated. [JC]

Junk Head

Japanese stop-motion animated film (2017; rev 2021). Yamiken. Directed and written by Takahide Hori. Voice cast includes Takahide Hori and Atsuko Miyake. 100 minutes. Colour. / Initially released as the short film Junk Head 1 (2013), which became the first 30 minutes of the 2017 full-length film discussed here (a revised version of which was released in 2021). Junk Head 1 took four years to produce and was made entirely by the self-taught Hori, an interior decorator; he had some help with ...

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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