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Nolan, William F

(1928-2021) US author and editor who trained and for a time practised as a commercial artist; he also raced cars, publishing several books on the subject. Nolan first became active in sf Fandom in the 1950s, cofounding the San Diego Science Fantasy Society, being a staff member for the Fanzine Rhodomagnetic Digest, publishing The Ray Bradbury Review (including his own first story "The Immortal Ones: A Satire" in 1952), and serving as managing editor of issues #1-#3 of Gamma (1963-1964). His ...

Coon, Horace C

(1897-1961) US author, usually of nonfiction on cultural and political and business issues, in whose 43,000 Years Later (1958) Aliens come to a Ruined Earth, become intrigued by the civilization that had destroyed itself 43,000 years before (see Ruins and Futurity), and, through records, explore the twentieth-century world to Satirical effect. They spend much of their time in New York, where at one point the dramatic fate of the Statue of Liberty is re-visioned by the visitors, who eventually ...

Gawsworth, John

Pseudonym of UK editor and author Terence Ian Fytton Armstrong (1912-1970) for most of his work of genre interest, though he signed some work Fytton Armstrong and some T I Fytton Armstrong. He was a close colleague of M P Shiel, and followed him as "ruler" of the mythical Caribbean kingdom of Redonda in 1947, calling himself King Juan I; he created a competent Shiel checklist in the bibliographical Ten Contemporaries: Notes Toward Their Definitive Bibliography (1932) and edited The Best Short ...

Hoffmann, Franz

(1814-1882) German editor, translator and author, much of his copious output being designed for children and Young Adult readers. Most of this work is non-fantastic, though the first novella assembled in Der kleine Robinson; Der Blinde Knabe ["The Little Robinson"/"The Blind Boy"] (coll 1850), which plagiarizes Johann David Wyss's The Swiss Family Robinson (1812-1813), is a marginal contribution to the Robinsonade. Der Schatz des Inka (1858; trans J Fredk Smith as The Treasure of the Inca 1870) ...

Carter, Chris

(1956-    ) US Television and film producer and director, the central figure behind The X-Files (1993-2002), which was enormously successful, and the psychic/supernatural thriller series Millennium (1996-1999), which was not. He co-wrote the movie novelization for The X-Files: Fight the Future (see The X-Files), The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998) with Elizabeth Hand. [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, 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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