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Haigh, Richard

(1924-1991) UK civil servant and author not to be confused with the Richard Haigh pseudonym used by Laurence James (whom see) for his two Pigs horror novels. Richard Douglas Haigh – his full name – wrote one unremarkable Space Opera for Robert Hale Limited, The Golden Astronauts (1980). [JC]

Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation, The

UK Fanzine/Newszine edited by Tony Chester, Graham Connor (until his death in late 2018) and Jonathan Cowie. Launched at the 1987 UK Eastercon as a nominally annual A4 print publication with nine issues to 1997 (skipping 1995 and 1996); after a two-year hiatus it migrated online in 1999. Currently updated each academic term: spring, summer and autumn. / Print editions of SF² Concatenation – as it is known for short – were distributed at Eastercons and by mail to specialist ...

Wheeler, Harriet

(1858-1924) US author whose The Woman in Stone (1903) presents elegiacally, though not without convinced Christian condescension, the declining culture of the Ojibwe nation of Native Americans through a tale in which the discovery of the petrified body of a woman from ancient times opens into the description of a doomed Lost Race. [JC]

Kaiba

Japanese animated tv series (2008). Madhouse. Directed and written by Masaaki Yuasa. Voice cast includes Houko Kuwashima, Wasabi Mizuta, Mamiko Noto, Romi Park, Chiwa Saito. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / The Amnesiac Kaiba (Kuwashima) travels to strange worlds hoping to discover his identity; en route his mind is decanted into a large toy hippo, then (for most of the journey) into Chroniko (Saito), a young woman. Eventually returning to Lala, his home planet, Kaiba is revealed to be ...

O'Connell, Charles C

(?   -    ) Irish author in whose first novel, The Vanishing Island (1957; vt The Vanishing Island: An Irish Entertainment 1958), the mysterious Island of Innishios experiences First Contact through the arrival in a UFO-like Spaceship of an attractive Alien, who introduces the inhabitants to the splendour of the universe, permanently transforming their Perception of reality. [JC]

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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