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Madden, Timothy A

(1941-    ) US author of Outbanker (1990), a Space Opera, and of The Bruja's Tale (2008), and occult fantasy. [JC]

Roth, Edward

(1826-1911) UK-born teacher and translator, in US from around 1845; his four translations of novels by Jules Verne are generally thought to have been the worst of a very mixed lot, but survived in reprint form well into the twentieth-century. [JC]


Pseudonym of Greek composer and performer Evangelos Odysseas Papthanassiou (1943-2022). As a member of the band Aphrodite's Child – whose lead singer was Demis Roussos (Artemios Ventouris-Roussos, 1946-2015) – he was largely responsible for the musical portion of some strenuous global-apocalypse prog rock, notably the band's debut End of the World (1968), and the ambitious double album, 666 (1972). This latter work rock-operatically renders the Biblical book of Revelation into music ...

Kipling, Arthur Wellesley

(1885-1947) US author of two Future-War novels. The New Dominion: A Tale of Tomorrow's War (1908), a Yellow Peril tale, pits the USA triumphantly against Japan and Germany, with the help of Great Britain; and The Shadow of Glory: Being a History of the Great War 1910-1911 (1910) unusually visualizes that the conflict so frequently predicted in Dreadful Warning tales of this period is in fact worldwide, and is therefore predictive of World War One. [JC]

West, Rebecca

Pseudonym of UK journalist and author Cicily Isabel Fairfield Andrews (1892-1983), H G Wells's partner 1913-1923; she also wrote as by Lynx. She began to publish her astute and polemical nonfiction around 1911; her first novel, The Return of the Soldier (1918), which stretches its nonfantastic mode to the limit, stands as a very early response to the profound trauma of World War One. The soldier, who is a victim of shell shock, manifests his deep disorder through Amnesia, and remembers nothing ...

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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