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Price, E Hoffmann

(1898-1988) US author whose career lasted 64 years. He served in World War One, graduated West Point in 1923, and began to publish weird fiction – the genre for which he is remembered – with "Triangle with Variations" for Droll Stories in June 1924. By the time he stopped writing for the Pulp magazines in the 1950s he had published hundreds of stories in dozens of outlets, sometimes as Hamlin Daly, and often drawing upon Oriental and near-Eastern experiences for his backgrounds. His ...


UK slim Digest-size magazine. One issue, Winter 1946. Published by Outlands Publications, Liverpool; edited by Leslie J Johnson. An abortive Semiprozine of undistinguished fiction, subtitled "A Magazine for Adventurous Minds", Outlands included stories by John Russell Fearn and Sydney J Bounds (his first published story, "Strange Portrait"). A second issue was compiled but never published. [MJE/FHP/MA] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Holdstock, Robert P

(1948-2009) UK author with an MSc in medical zoology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He spent 1971-1974 in medical research before becoming a full-time writer, though he had published his first story, "Pauper's Plot", for New Worlds as early as November 1968. He wrote much of his short fiction soon after. Among the more notable stories are the novelettes "Travellers" (in Andromeda 1, anth 1976, ed Peter Weston), a Time-Travel tale, and "The Time Beyond Age: A Journey" ...

Patrouch, Joseph F, Jr

(1935-    ) US author and critic who has written some short sf but first began to publish work of genre interest with two booklets on the sf of Isaac Asimov: Isaac Asimov's I, Robot: A Study Guide (1972 chap) and The Short Fiction of Isaac Asimov: A Study Guide (1972 chap). These were presumably spinoffs from his more substantial work The Science Fiction of Isaac Asimov (1974), completed in graduate school at the University of Dayton. This study is extremely detailed in its ...

Stewart, Ian

(1945-    ) UK mathematician, currently Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick; he was elected to the Royal Society in 2001. His sf novels Wheelers (2000) and Heaven (2004), together with the nonfiction The Collapse of Chaos: Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World (1994) and other popular-science works of sf interest, were written in collaboration with Jack Cohen – whom see for further discussion. The Wheelers series prequel Oracle (2021), opening on ...

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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