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Laurens, Marshall

(?   -    ) US author of The Z Effect (1974), which features a Mad Scientist whose Wild Talents seem, at least initially, unlimited. [JC]

Ackerman, Forrest J

(1916-2008) US editor, literary agent and collector, a reader of the sf Magazines from their inception (with a letter published in Science Wonder Quarterly in 1929), an active member of sf Fandom from his early teens; as early as 1932 he served as associate editor of The Time Traveller, often cited as the first Fanzine. Beginning with "A Trip to Mars" (24 May 1941 San Francisco Chronicle), published on the children's page of the Chronicle's Sunday supplement, for many decades he wrote stories ...


US Semiprozine, originally a Fanzine, advertised as quarterly but in its earlier years often irregular; edited by D Douglas Fratz with Steven Goldstein as managing editor #1-#5 and sole editor of #6; 44 issues 1973-1992, #43/#44 being a double issue. / Thrust #1 appeared in February 1973 as the magazine of the University of Maryland Science Fiction Society, with the first two issues carrying covers by Maurice Scott Dollens; it became independent of UMSFS with #7 dated Spring 1976 under the ...

Lynde, Francis

(1856-1930) US author, prolific in several popular genres, including detective thrillers and Westerns, these two forms being brought together in Scientific Sprague (coll of linked stories 1912), featuring the exploits of the eponymous detective-cum-engineer, who defends a Western railroad (see Transportation) against thieves, accidents and Inventions in the hands of villains. Several of his stories also revolve around inventions, including "The Great Electric Trust" (February 1898 Cosmopolitan) ...

Ball, Jesse

(1978-    ) US poet and author whose first novel, Samedi the Deafness (2007), which is set in a world sufficiently alternative to the consensual to be described in terms of Fantastika; in this world, as articulated through a complexly allusive telling, human paranoias shape events, as though they were genuinely predictive (Ball has been compared in this to Thomas Pynchon). Much of the tale is set in a "verisylum", governed by Kafkaesque rules (see Franz Kafka); thriller ...

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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