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Lore, Pittacus

House Name owned by James Frey (1969-    ) – not to be confused with James N Frey – a serially controversial author and screenwriter whose works include the heavily fabricated addiction memoir A Million Little Pieces (2003) and the contemporary Messiah fantasy The Final Testament of the Holy Bible (2011). The Lore house name is associated ...

Orkow, Ben

(1896-1988) Russian-born author, in US from 1906 and naturalized in 1924, mostly of plays and film scripts; he also wrote as B Harrison Orkow. In his sf novel When Time Stood Still (1962) a couple travel via Suspended Animation to 2007 CE, where advances in Medicine may offer a cure to her fatal disease. [JC]

Boot, Andy

(?   -    ) Author who under the House Name James Axler has contributed several later volumes to the very lengthy Deathlands sequence of Ruined Earth sf, discussed in more detail in the entry for James Axler. Boot has also published fantasy. [DRL]

Raven, Simon

(1927-2001) UK author best known for his Alms for Oblivion sequence, which bracingly deprecates almost all aspects of twentieth century British civilian and military life; the third volume of the sequence, The Sabre Squadron (1966), slides close to sf. None of his work is of strong sf interest, though Brother Cain (1959) is about a Faustian bargain that verges on the supernatural, and Doctors Wear Scarlet (1960) hints at a rational cause for the ...


US monthly Online Magazine, first issue January 2016. Edited by B Morris Allen. Stories are published weekly online, then collected in monthly ebooks and (since July 2018) paperbacks; there are also annual collections reprinting the relevant year's tales. Each issue comprises 4-5 science fiction or fantasy stories, except for December 2017, which had 6: they are usually short stories, occasionally novelettes, rarely novellas. / Stories are, at worse, ...

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. ...

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