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Wartofsky, Victor

(1931-2003) US author whose very Near Future Year of the Yahoo (1972) is of some sf interest for its explorations of potential Political extremities in the governance of America; in The Passage (1980), a volunteer at the Psychical Research Institute experimentally explores the afterlife. [JC]

Lafferty, R A

(1914-2002) US author who worked in the electrical business until retiring to write full-time in 1970; he came to writing only in his forties, publishing his first sf, "Day of the Glacier", with The Science Fiction Stories in January 1960. Over the next twenty-five years (he reportedly retired from writing at the age of about seventy) he produced very many stories – about 200 have been published – and a number of novels. The extremely active Small-Press interest in his work gave ...

Lach-Szyrma, W S

(1841-1915) UK Anglican clergyman and author, son of the Polish philosopher and soldier Krystyn Lach Szyrma (1790-1866), who had come to the UK in 1832; Lach-Szyrma (he hyphenated his surname) began writing his series of interplanetary fictions (see Planetary Romance), featuring the travels around the solar system of the winged Venusian Aleriel, in untraced magazine pieces published around 1865; in more clearly fictional form, this material was incorporated into A Voice from Another World (1874 ...

Shagan, Steve

(1927-2015) US screenwriter, producer and author, involved in some adaptations of Tarzan to the screen, and producer of 37 of the 57 episodes in the Television series Tarzan (1966-1968). Of some sf interest is The Formula (1979), based on his filmscript for The Formula (1980), in which contemporary oil companies attempt to destroy all evidence of the Nazi Invention in World War Two of a fuel that bypasses the need for petroleum (see Power Sources); the tale is set in car-dominated Los Angeles ...

Walker, Hugh

Pseudonym of Austrian author Hubert Straßl (1941-    ), whose Magira sequence – featuring a character who first creates a Wargame and then becomes absorbed within it – begins with Reiter der Finsternis (1975; trans Christine Priest as War-Gamers' World 1978), Das Heer der Finsternis (1975; trans Christine Priest as Army of Darkness 1979), Boten der Finsternis (1976; trans Christine Priest as Messengers of Darkness 1979), and continues with further not-yet ...

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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