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Philips, Judson P

(1903-1989) US author active from the publication of "Room Number 23" (20 June 1925 Flynn's Detective Fiction), which is a locked room tale; most of the 100 or more thrillers written under both his own name, and as by Hugh Pentecost, the pseudonym under which he was best known, date however from the 1960s and 1970s. Of sf interest is Red War (1936) with Thomas M Johnson, a Near Future tale in which an accelerating War is spurred on by a Communist conspirator who threatens to take over the ...

Delmont, Joseph

Pseudonym or legal name of Austrian film director and author born Karl Pyck or Pick (1873-1935), involved in film work in America between 1903 and 1910, and a director of silent films from 1910 to about 1925 in Austria and elsewhere, only turning to writing in the 1920s. There is some possibility that Delmont translated at least some of his own works into English. Sf novels include Die Stadt unter dem Meer (1925; trans anon as The Submarine City 1930), which features the construction by U-boat ...

Whiteside, Edward

(?   -    ) US author of the Near Future A Warning from Mars (1948 chap), set on Mars, here known as Amkonia, where free enterprise has flourished until a New-Deal-like socialist Dystopia takes over and ruins the planet; the Satire is heavy, and an inserted history of freed slaves, here known as Boogaloos, is intensely unpleasant. [JC]

Dent, John Charles

(1841-1888) UK-born author in Canada from early childhood, of whose The Gerrard Street Mystery and Other Weird Tales (coll 1888) the title story – "The Gerrard Street Mystery" (May 1877 Belford's Monthly) – is a tale of Precognition. Of the other three long tales, "The Haunted House on Duchess Street" is a ghost story. [JC]

Frankowski, Leo A

(1943-2008) US author known principally for his Alternate-History series, the Adventures of Conrad Stargard: The Cross-Time Engineer (1986), The High-Tech Knight (1989) and The Radiant Warrior (1989), all three assembled as Conrad Stargard: The Radiant Warrior (omni 2004), plus The Flying Warlord (1989), Lord Conrad's Lady (1990) and Conrad's Quest for Rubber (1998), all three assembled as Conrad's Lady (omni 2005), plus Conrad's Time Machine (2002), a prequel to the series as a whole. The ...

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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