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Bernard, Rafe

Secondary pseudonym of UK author Reginald Alec Martin (1908-1971), better known for his Children's SF written as by E C Eliott (whom see for full entry). He used Bernard for an sf novel, The Wheel in the Sky (1954), which datedly concerns itself with the construction of a pre-NASA-style, privately financed Space Station, and for an Invaders Tie, The Halo Highway (1967; vt Army of the Undead 1967). (References listing Bernard as a pseudonym of Keith Laumer are incorrect.) [JC/SH]

Kramer-Rolls, Dana

(1940-    ) US author of Ties to three series: Combat Command in the World of Piers Anthony's Bio of a Space Tyrant: Cut by Emerald (1987) as Dana Kramer, a Gamebook tied to Piers Anthony's Bio of a Space Tyrant and to the Combat Command universe; Warhorn: A Crossroads Adventure in the World of Lynn Abbey's Rifkind, Daughter of the Bright Moon (1987) as Dana Kramer, tied to the Rifkind sequence by Lynn Abbey (1948-    ) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy ...

Mitchell, Edward Page

(1852-1927) US newspaperman and author, associated from 1875 until his death with the New York Sun, serving as editor-in-chief 1903-1920. Page's sf, which came from the first decade of his career and most of which first appeared in his own journal, was restricted to about thirty short stories beginning with "The Tachypomp" (January 1874 The Sun anon), which envisaged a means of attaining unlimited speed by running successive trains on top of one another (see Transportation). A kind of humanoid ...

Rousseau, Victor

Working name of UK-born author Avigdor Rousseau Emanuel (1879-1960), who also used the pseudonym H M Egbert on his sf, though not exclusively, and signed as V R Emanuel for other work; born of a Jewish father and a French mother – as Sam Moskowitz writes in Under the Moons of Mars (anth 1970) – he lived more and more in the USA after his first arrival in 1901, with periods back in the UK, and in Canada 1912-1916, when much of his significant work was written. After a non-genre ...

Underground

Underground settings are far from being an exclusively sf theme, having a universal resonance for Homo sapiens, as Kim Stanley Robinson registers in Forty Signs of Rain (2004): "He descended the Metro escalator into the ground. A weird action for a hominid to take.... Following the shaman into the cave. We've never lost any of that". Mysterious regions underground have since the earliest days of Proto SF offered a suitable location for Lost Worlds, Labyrinths and the kind of free-form ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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