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Egan, Beresford

(1905-1984) UK artist, illustrator and author, in South Africa from 1910 to 1926, who early established a reputation for sexually charged and otherwise transgressive illustrations for works like the 1928 translation of Pierre Louÿs's Aphrodite (1896); he also did covers for Aleister Crowley's Moonchild (1929) and Sean M'Guire's Lost Race novel Beast or Man? (1930): as in Crowley's ...

Plater, Alan

(1935-2010) UK Television screenwriter and playwright, extremely prolific from the early 1960s until his death; he is of sf interest for his 1988 television version of Chris Mullin's Near Future A Very British Coup (1982), in which America subverts a left-leaning UK government (see Politics). The novel ends with the morally ambiguous forced resignation of ...

Jacobson, Dan

(1929-2014) South African academic and author, in the UK and the USA from the early 1950s. Moral fervour and a harsh eloquence about his homeland characterize novels like The Trap (1955), his first novel, which long precedes the end of white supremacy in South Africa. Of his many subsequent novels, some are of interest for their explorations in the realms of Fantastika. The Wonder-Worker (1973) intricately transforms its narrator, who ...

Bloomer, J M

(?1844-1923) US newspaper editor author of D'Mars' Affinity: Romance of Love's Final Test in Time and Tide (1903), a Lost Race tale involving Reincarnation. [JC]

Dantec, Maurice G

(1959-2016) French author, in Canada from 1999; of his several gonzo sf novels, most of which have aroused interest and ire in France for their inflammatory (but not orthodox) right-wing polemics, Babylon Babies (1999; trans Noura Wedell 2005) begins in Technothriller mode with a moderately prescient vision of the Middle East and adjacent Asia as the diseased focus of early twenty-first-century wars, but moves into ...

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. ...

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