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Graudin, Ryan

(?   -    ) US author of novels for the Young Adult market, her All That Glows sequence beginning with All That Glows (2014) being fantasy. The Walled City (2014) steps Equipoisally sideways from the kind of Dystopian tale, set in a City, that is often found in early twenty-first century work for young readers; here, the city is set in a quasi-fantasy world whose lineaments seem Asian, but without any specific attachment to history. The plot itself, though it ...

von Gunden, Kenneth

(1946-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Scrapings" in Ascents of Wonder (anth 1977) edited by David Gerrold, but whose first book of sf interest was nonfiction: Twenty All-Time Great SF Films (1982) with Stuart H Stock. He began publishing sf novels with StarSpawn (1990), which interestingly introduces an ethically advanced Hive-Mind race of interstellar explorers into medieval England, though an associated species escapes their ship and ...

MacClure, Victor

Pseudonym of UK author Victor Thom McWalter MacClure (1887-1963); he specialized in detective novels and contemporary thrillers, and also published as by Peter Craig. Sources have differed as to whether his full name is Victor Thom MacWalter MacClure, or if Victor MacClure is a pseudonym of Thom MacWalter. His only sf novel, The Ark of the Covenant: A Romance of the Air and of Science (1924; vt Ultimatum: A Romance of the Air 1924 UK), tells of Near Future world disarmament brought about by ...

Papp, Desiderio

(1895-1993) Hungarian historian of science, in Europe until forced to flee by Nazi Germany, and mostly in Argentina from 1942, in Chile from 1961; his first name is given variously as Desiderio or Desiderius though in its original, Hungarian form it was almost certainly Dezső. His nonfiction speculative text, Zukunft und Ende der Welt: Ein Buch über die Geschicke von Menschheit und Erde (1932; trans Henry James Stenning as Creation's Doom 1934), assesses the various ways in which the ...

Speculation

UK Fanzine edited by Peter Weston from Birmingham 1963-1973. 33 issues; mostly duplicated; UK quarto paper. / The first six issues, October 1963 to September 1964, were titled Zenith; the next seven, December 1964 to July 1966, carried the transitional title Zenith-Speculation; thereafter, from #14 in October 1966, it was simply Speculation. Averaging 60pp in its final incarnation, Speculation was for many years consistently the UK's best amateur magazine of comment and criticism. Regular ...

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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