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Frost, Jason

A Zebra Books House Name, used almost exclusively by US author Raymond Obstfeld for the Warlord sequence of Post-Holocaust sf adventures typical in theme and style of most Survivalist Fiction of the 1980s: The Warlord (1983), The Warlord #2: The Cutthroat (1984), The Warlord #3: Badland (1984), The Warlord #4: Prisonland (1985) and The Warlord #5: Terminal Island (1985). The final instalment, The Warlord #6: Killer's Keep (1987), was by Rich Rainey writing as Jason Frost. A singleton film tie, ...

Introduction to the Second Book Edition

The first edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction won a Hugo Award as best nonfiction sf book of its year, and immediately became the standard one-volume reference in the field. However, as the years passed, its usefulness diminished as it fell slowly out of date. That first edition was completed in June 1978, and published in 1979. This is its second edition, from new publishers. It has been not only updated, but also wholly revised and almost wholly rewritten. In effect it is a new ...

Staehle, Will

(?   -    ) US book designer and illustrator, active from around the turn of the twenty-first century, serving for a time as art director for HarperCollins Publishers. From the beginning his work has been characterized by a liking for geometrical forms, sometimes with flattened perspective, and often resembling posters (with the cartoonish wall presence and the articulate conveyance of desired information characteristic of that form); the effect, in the first ...

Price, E Hoffmann

(1898-1988) US author whose career lasted 64 years. He served in World War One, graduated West Point in 1923, and began to publish weird fiction – the genre for which he is remembered – with "Triangle with Variations" for Droll Stories in June 1924. By the time he stopped writing for the Pulp magazines in the 1950s he had published hundreds of stories in dozens of outlets, sometimes as Hamlin Daly, and often drawing upon Oriental and near-Eastern experiences for his backgrounds. His ...

Garforth, John

(?   -    ) UK author whose sf debut was "Lack of Experience" (September 1963 New Worlds). His relevant work at novel length comprises several Ties to Television series of sf-flavoured counter-espionage: four for The Avengers (1961-1969), beginning with The Floating Game (1967), and a singleton for The Champions (1968-1969), The Sixth Sense is Death (1969). [DRL]

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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