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Maxon, J G

(?   -    ) US author of two unremarkable Technothrillers, Progeny (1989) and Lethal Delivery (1991). [JC]

Kashiwaba Sachiko

(1953-    ) Japanese author, largely of fantasy fiction for children and Young Adults, beginning with Kiri no Mukō no Fushigi-na Machi (1975; trans Christopher Holmes as The Marvelous Village Veiled in Mist 1987), in which the titular Brigadoon-like Polder [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], where local accents echo that of Kashiwaba's native Iwate, is revealed to a six-year-old child on a summer vacation, who is obliged to then work there to pay for ...

Ryman, Geoff

(1951-    ) Canadian-born author who moved to the USA at age eleven, in the UK since 1973. He began publishing sf with "The Diary of the Translator" for New Worlds in 1976, but began to generate significant work only with the magazine version of The Unconquered Country: A Life History (Spring 1984 Interzone; rev 1986), which won the BSFA Award and the World Fantasy Award. It is the story of a young woman forced by poverty and the terrible conditions afflicting her native ...

Weil, Ellen R

(1944-2000) US author, also known as Dede Weil, married to Gary K Wolfe from 1997 until her death; Harlan Ellison: The Edge of Forever (2002) with Gary K Wolfe, an informed study of the work of Harlan Ellison, acutely focuses on a small number of indisputably significant stories. [JC]

Friel, Arthur O

(1885-1959) US author and explorer, most of whose work appeared in Pulp magazines, including the McKay, Knowlton and Ryan sequence of Lost Race tales set in South America and featuring the exploits of Americans, who eventually establish a kingdom somewhere close to Peru, their central base being in ancient ruins left by a mysterious white race. Those published as books – The Pathless Trail (10 October-10 November 1921 Adventure; 1922), Tiger River (20 July-20 August 1922 Adventure; 1923), ...

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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