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Kops, Bernard

(1926-2024) UK playwright, poet, screenwriter and author, whose first play, The Hamlet of Stepney Green (performed 1958; 1959 chap), remains the best-known of his many dramas. As with much of his work, supernatural elements – in this case the ghost of the protagonist's father – easefully interact with the 1950s "kitchen sink realism" he popularly embodied. Happy endings in dramas of working-class life in London may be difficult to attain; in ...

Walker, Alice

(1944-    ) US author best known for novels like The Color Purple (1982), exploring from a Feminist perspective the fate of being Black in America. One of the protagonists of The Temple of My Familiar (1989), an extremely long Fabulation, is immortal (see Immortality) or has suffered numerous incarnations (see ...

Wise, Robert

(1914-2005) US film director, who began his career as a film-cutter at RKO Studios and by 1939 was a fully qualified editor. He worked on Orson Welles's Citizen Kane (1941) and also – at the studio's insistence when the director was safely out of the country – directed a few scenes in Welles's The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). He then worked with the Val Lewton unit at RKO, first as editor, then as director. He made three ...

Gregory, Daryl

(1965-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "In the Wheels" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for August 1990; most of his work is fantasy, though Raising Stony Mayhall (2011), a Zombie novel set in a cartoonishly but closely realized Near Future America, ambitiously and successfully treats the protagonist's life story in sf terms. ...

Nathanson, E M

(1928-2012) US author of Knight's Cross (1993) with Aaron Bank, an Alternate History take on the end of World War Two, with Hitler captured in early 1945. [JC]

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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