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Maxwell, Everina

(?   -    ) UK author whose first novel, The Course of Honor (2017 ebook; rev vt Winter's Orbit 2021), is a Space Opera where individual planets are bunched into local empires which have themselves been coordinated into a defensive network known as the Resolution. At the verge of a renewal of this network, marital upsets, and some gender insecurities (see Sex), threaten the dynasty that governs the provincial Empire of Iskat (see Planetary Romance). ...

Rath, E J

Joint pseudonym of authors Chauncey Corey Brainerd (1874-1922) and Edith Rathbone Jacobs Brainerd (1885-1922), a married couple who died simultaneously when the Knickerbocker Theatre roof collapsed onto them. In the Near Future The Sixth Speed (1910) a disgruntled inventor applies his Invention – a yacht capable of carrying a substantial cargo at 120mph indefinitely – to piracy on the high seas, but is eventually dissuaded from this course. "A Flight to Freedom" (May 1912 Munsey's ...

Hodder, Mark

(1962-    ) UK journalist, editor and author of the Steampunk Burton and Swinburne sequence – so far comprising The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (2010), winner of the 2011 Philip K Dick Award, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man (2011), Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (2012), The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi: A Burton & Swinburne Adventure (2013), The Return of the Discontinued Man: A Burton & Swinburne Adventure (2014) and The Rise of the ...

Abbott, Edwin A

(1838-1926) UK clergyman, academic and author whose most noted work, published originally as by A Square, is Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884; rev 1884) (see Dimensions). Narrated and illustrated by Mr Square, the novel falls into two parts. The first is a highly entertaining description of the two-dimensional world of Flatland, in which inhabitants' shapes establish their (planar) hierarchical status. In the second part, Mr Square travels in a dream to the one-dimensional universe ...

Tremblay, Michel

(1942-    ) Canadian playwright and author, much of whose work has been focused on the Québécois experience over the past half century, including several plays and other works analysing the secession drama at the centre of Canadian politics over these years; he has also focused on the life and politics of gay men over this period. Relatively little of his work could be easily described in terms of Fantastika, though his first novel, La Cité dans l'oeuf ...

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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