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Lide, Alice

(1890-1955) US author of juvenile fiction, mostly set in Northern climes; her one title of Children's SF interest, Princess of Yucatan (1939), is a Lost Race tale set (unusually for her) in Mexico. [JC]

Coppel, Alfred

Working name of US author (and wartime fighter pilot) Alfredo José de Araña-Marini y Coppel Jr (1921-2004) who also wrote as Robert Cham Gilman and Sol Galaxan (for one story only, 1953). He began publishing sf with "Age of Unreason" for Astounding in December 1947, and published a good deal of magazine fiction in the next decade, though he was in fact producing considerably more in other genres with such action novels as Hero Driver (1954). His first sf novel was Dark December ...

Déon, Natashia

(1978-    ) US attorney and author whose first novel, Grace (2016), skirts the fantastic through assonances among an extended Black family for several generations beginning in antebellum America (see Slavery). Her second novel, The Perishing (2021), traces the complex life of an Immortal woman whose conscious life begins at the age of sixteen in 1930s Los Angeles (see California), an era which she seems to have entered via Time Travel. Her fraught but successful career ...

Debans, Camille

(1833-1910) French journalist and author, some of whose work, little yet translated, is sf. His Future War tale, Les Malheurs de John Bull (1884; trans as John Bull's Downfall 1884; vt John Bull's Misfortunes 1884); new trans Brian Stableford as The Misfortunes of John Bull in coll 2015 [for subtitles and further details see Checklist below], applies Battle of Dorking topoi from an opposing point of view; not only London is invaded, but also Ireland, for the protagonist of the tale, suffering ...

Other Worlds

US Digest-size magazine, switching to Pulp format from November 1955. Published by Clark Publishing Co, November 1949-July 1953, and Palmer Publications Inc, May 1955-November 1957; edited by Raymond A Palmer and Bea Mahaffey. 47 issues, only 46 featuring fiction (not counting those titled either Science Stories or Universe Science Fiction): November 1949 to October 1952 (22 issues) as Other Worlds Science Stories, November 1952 to July 1953 (9 issues) as Other Worlds, May 1955 to May 1957 (16 ...

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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