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Oboler, Arch

(1909-1987) US scriptwriter, playwright and author, involved in Radio from the early 1930s; he was extremely prolific in that decade, writing and usually producing an estimated 400 radio plays by 1940. His first script, "Futuristics", was broadcast by NBC in celebration of its parent firm's move to the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan; laced with touches of Satire, the script is a paean to the future as seen through the prism of New York. Oboler's best work was heard on two anthology series. For ...

Newman, Richard Louis

(1956-    ) US author of a Space Opera, Siege of Orbitor (1980), in which the eponymous Spaceship, en route to Jupiter, is assaulted from within by a Mutant planning to take over command; and a horror tale, On Wings of Evil (1988). [JC]

Galbraith, John Kenneth

(1908-2006) Canadian-born US economist, famous and prolific, perhaps best known for The Affluent Society (1958), though the reasons for his renown are multifarious. Of sf interest is The McLandress Dimension (coll 1963; rev 1968 as by John Kenneth Galbraith) as by Mark Epernay, a series of mock-essays explaining advances in psychometry – the quantitative measurement of human actions and motives – accomplished by Herchel McLandress; B F Skinner, then in his heyday, may be a target of ...

Ferriss, Lucy

(1954-    ) US author whose work – mostly nonfantastic – tends to explore personal and political issues with intimate intensity, and whose fourth novel, The Misconceiver (1997), is a Near Future examination of a Dystopian world ruled by a Christian "Coalition" in which abortions – now known as "misconceptions" – have become illegal. [JC]

Reger, Rob

(1969-    ) US Comics writer and author of the Emily the Strange sequence, for a readership extending upwards into the Young Adult range, beginning with Emily the Strange: The Lost Days (2009) with Jessica Gruner; the sequence is based on earlier manifestations of the protagonist, mainly as a Comics protagonist. The stories are presented in diary form, allowing for a sparky narrative surface, though little depth (yet). Emily's dilemma is initially Amnesia, and her various ...

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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