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Dick, Kay

Working name of UK editor and author Kathleen Elsie Dick (1915-2001). She edited The Windmill (1946-1948), a literary magazine, as by Edward Lane; and published three anthologies as by Jeremy Scott, the second of them, At Close of Eve: An Anthology of New Curious Stories (anth 1947), being an Original Anthology of some interest. A late work, They: A Sequence of Unease (fixup 1977 chap), resembles thematically and in its experimental structure much of her previous fiction, but is set in a ...

Robson, Eddie

(1978-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Light That Never Dies" in Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Dead Men Diaries (anth 2000) edited by Paul Cornell, a volume in the Doctor Who spinoff series Professor Bernice Summerfield to which Robson has contributed several other tales as well as editing the related anthology Present Danger (anth 2010). He has also written several Radio plays for the Doctor Who universe; Welcome to our Village, ...

Demure One, The

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of a Future War tale in the Battle of Dorking mode about the Invasion of the UK by France, via the much-dreaded Channel Tunnel, The Battle of Boulogne: Or How Calais Became English Again: Another Version of the Channel Tunnel Affair (1882 chap). [JC]

Nisbet, Helen C

(1934-    ) Scottish author who studied geology at the University of Glasgow, receiving a BSc degree in 1959; subsequently a museum worker and field archaeologist (now retired). Her one novel for Robert Hale Limited is The Raven's Beak (1981). More recently she has published non-genre work as Eilidh Nisbet, the nickname by which she now prefers to be known. [DRL]

Burnside, John

(1955-    ) Scottish poet, journalist and author, active from the mid-1980s. He is of sf interest for Havergey (2017), a Near Future Utopia set on the eponymous Scottish Island in 2056, a few decades after a series of planet-wide Disasters, mostly in the form of plagues, has reduced the world's population by 90%. The visitor to Havergey, who is conducted through its Gaia-influenced ideal society in traditional fashion (the tale is intermittently stiff-kneed, as typical of ...

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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