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Bynner, Edwin Lassetter

(1842-1893) US historical author whose The Chase of the Meteor and Other Stories (coll 1891) presents for a young audience various fantastical tales, most notably the Flatland story "A Cruise in a Soap Bubble", which takes off from Edwin A Abbott's Flatland (1884). [JC]

Kimmel, Daniel M

(1955-    ) US journalist, film critic and author, active as a columnist for The Boston Herald (1996-1998) and elsewhere 1984-current, most of his nonfiction being concerned with Cinema and the Media Landscape in general. Of his several volumes of nonfiction, Jar Jar Binks Must Die ... and Other Observations About Science Fiction Movies (coll 2011) is of considerable interest for its engaged and not entirely forgiving analyses of such figures as George Lucas and Steven ...

Irving, Theo

(?   -?   ) UK author of whom nothing is known; his sf novel, Half Way to Hades (1901), whose plot – as reported by George Locke in A Spectrum of Fantasy: Volume Two (1994) – involves x-ray vision and Telepathy. [JC]

Aboriginal Science Fiction

US magazine published from Massachusetts by Absolute Entertainment Inc and, from December 1991, by the Second Renaissance Foundation Inc, edited by Charles C Ryan, first issue October 1986. It went through several changes of format, publisher and frequency. The original format was 24pp tabloid (17 x 11.25 in; about 430 x 290 mm), but it changed to letter-size (11.25 x 8.25 in; 290 x 210 mm) with #4 in 1987 when distributors claimed the magazine did not display well on the newsstands. A feature ...

O'Duffy, Eimar

(1893-1935) Irish dentist, political economist and author whose The Wasted Island (1919), though couched in apocalyptic tones, deals strictly with the historical Ireland during the years leading up to the Easter Uprising of 1916; Bricriu's Feast: A Comedy in Three Acts with an Epilogue (1919 chap), a play, is fantasy. O'Duffy moved to England in 1926, where he composed his best-known work, the mock-epic-Irish Cuanduine sequence comprising King Goshawk and the Birds (1926), The Spacious ...

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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