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White, Arnold Henry

(1848-1925) UK businessman, politician, journalist and author of a Future War tale, When War Breaks Out [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1898 chap) with H W Wilson, a fairly late example of the Battle of Dorking story, with Britain in this case almost suffering defeat at the hands of France and Russia, though America comes to her aid, enabling Britain to win a sea victory. Wilson was active in the Navy League in the 1890s, and during the early 1900s was a prominent advocate of pre-emptive ...

Lix, Caryn

Pseudonym of Canadian teacher and author Caryn Swark (1979-    ), whose Young Adult series, the Sanctuary sequence beginning with Sanctuary (2018), is set at first in a Space Habitat operated by the vast Omnistellar Concepts as a Prison, where, unusually, the young protagonist aspires to rise in the ranks of the elite who serve as guards. Expectedly, a menace – perhaps of ancient Alien origin – exposes the true intramural power of the vast corrupt corporation. ...

Caldecott, Moyra

Pseudonym of South-African born author Olivia Brown (1927-2015), in the UK from 1951, almost all her work being fantasy for Young Adult readers [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], beginning with Weapons of the Wolfhound (1976); she was best-known for the Tall Stones sequence beginning with The Tall Stones (1977; vt Guardians of the Tall Stones 1986). Of sf interest is one novel, Child of the Dark Star (1984), a Science Fantasy set in what may be the Far Future on a planet ...

Fairbairns, Zoë

(1948-    ) UK author, almost all of whose work has articulated Feminist concerns and arguments; of her several novels from 1968 on, Benefits (1979) is of sf interest for its Dystopian vision of the fate of women in the twenty-first century, as advances in reproductive technologies permit males to exercise greater control, in fear and loathing, over the female half of the race. "Relics" (in Despatches from the Frontiers of the Female Mind, anth 1985, ed Jen Green and Sarah ...

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

US animated tv series (2004-2009). Cartoon Network Studios. Created by Craig McCracken. Directors include Robert Alvarez, Robert Cullen, Craig McCracken, Randy Myers and Eric Pringle. Writers include Darrick Bachman, Lauren Faust, Craig Lewis and Tim McKeon. Voice cast includes Grey DeLisle, Keith Ferguson, Tom Kane, Sean Marquette. 79 22-minute episodes and eighteen shorts. Colour. / Aged eight, Mac (Marquette) is getting too old to have an imaginary friend, or so his mother tells him. As ...

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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