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Weston, Susan B

(1943-    ) US author whose Children of Light (1985), set in a Ruined Earth America that had been direly but terminally affect by Holocaust, treats the possibilities of human survival with warmth and some plausibility. [JC]

Olsen, Bob

Working name of US teacher, advertising copywriter, real estate agent and author Alfred Johannes Olsen Jr (1884-1956), who began publishing sf with "The Four-Dimensional Roller-Press" for Amazing in June 1927; this was the first of several tales in the Four-Dimensional sequence. Other tales featured Professor Archimedes Banning, whose exploits were patterned on the model of the Edisonade. One magazine story, Rhythm Rides the Rocket (October 1940 Science Fiction; 1942 chap), featuring an ...

McKean, Dave

Working name of British artist David Jeff McKean (1963-    ), primarily known for his work in Comics and Graphic Novels, though he has also painted book covers and engaged in other activities. After attending Berkshire College of Art and Design from 1982 to 1986, McKean visited New York to seek work in the comics field and met Neil Gaiman, forming a friendship that would be central for some years to both their careers. Their first collaboration was Violent Cases (graph 1987 ...

Martin-Fehr, John

Working name of German teacher and author Martin Fehr (1905-1978), in the UK from about 1933; his sf novel, The End of His Tether (1972), depicts a Post-Holocaust world soon after a nuclear World War Three has infected the land with numerous diseases and mutations (see Mutants). Eventually representatives of a "new race" – a putative world-order based on strict Eugenics – arrives from Australia, giving some ambivalent hope for the future. [JC]

Basil, Otto

(1901-1983) Austrian author active in the Austrian underground during World War Two; his sf novel, Wenn das der Führer wüßte ["If Only the Führer Knew"] (1966; cut trans Thomas Weyr as The Twilight Men 1968), is set in an Alternate History in which Hitler Wins in 1945 through the use of atomic weapons; Hitler's subsequent death does not affect the vast Eugenic program instituted, in which conquered Russian territory is used to breed proper Aryans. [JC] see also: Germany. ...

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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