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McKinney, Jack

Collaborative pseudonym of Brian C Daley and James Luceno for a series of Ties to the Robotech Television series of Mecha cartoon adventures; also for the unrelated Black Hole Travel Agency sequence, about the threatened use of Earth as an amusement park for Aliens. [JC/DRL]

Pertwee, Roland

(1885-1963) UK actor, playwright, painter and author, related to many Pertwees, including his son Jon Pertwee (1919-1996), an early Doctor Who (see Doctor Who). His MW.XX.3. (1929; vt Hell's Loose 1929; vt The Million Pound Cypher 1930) is an early example of the tale of technological Paranoia. A dead scientist is discovered along with the eponymous formula for a cheap fuel which will if released supplant petroleum. The UK Government allows limited use of the fuel, but only until a ...

Salvatore, R A

(1959-    ) US author, almost exclusively of Fantasy, and a specialist in the Forgotten Realms fantasy universe, for which he has written many Ties (his pure fantasy is not listed below). The Chronicles of Ynis Aielle sequence, opening with Echoes of the Fourth Magic (1990) is essentially fantasy but set on a future Post-Holocaust Earth where Magic reigns and which the present-day protagonist reaches via Timeslip while on a submarine passing through the Bermuda Triangle. Of ...

Finley, Jeremy

(?   -    ) US investigative reporter and author, of sf interest in the latter capacity for the William Chance and Lynn Roseworth sequence comprising The Darkest Time of Night (2018) and The Dark Above (2019), in which the disappearance of a young boy, who may have been abducted (see Aliens; Invasion; UFO), is investigated over the years by two women, neither young, both convincingly presented as competent persons (seer Women in SF). Government conspiracies ...

Anderson, Olof W

(1871-1963) US author of The Treasure Vault of Atlantis [for subtitle see Checklist] (1925); the twentieth-century protagonists – who include the Baron de Cartaphilus (see Wandering Jew) – discover a mysterious mountain at the headwaters of the Amazon, and a portal leading deep within. Their discovery of the body of a man in a state of Suspended Animation, and their arousing of this original inhabitant of sunken Atlantis, is conveyed with a sense of Time Abyss peculiarly absent from ...

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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