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Thompson, Donald

(?   -    ) US author of two novels of sf interest: in The Ancient Enemy (1979), civilization is threatened by killer cockroaches (see Horror in SF); and The Next Encounter (1982) features an Invasion of Earth by UFO-based Aliens. [JC]

Corley, Edwin

(1931-1981) US author who wrote thrillers as by Patrick Buchanan, Will Collins, David Harper and William Judson; his sf is all under his own name. Siege (1969) resembles several other US novels of the period in its depiction of a Black revolution centred – as in John A Williams's Sons of Darkness, Sons of Light (1969) – on New York. The titular scientific phenomenon of The Jesus Factor (1970) inhibits the detonation of nuclear weapons which are in motion (in falling bombs or ...

Bolton, Johanna M

(1943-    ) US teacher and author whose first novel, The Alien Within (1988), carries its revenge-seeking female protagonist through a crumbling Galactic Federation, introducing her to a variety of Alien empires. Bolton's second novel, Mission: Tori (1990), also featuring a bereaved female protagonist, addresses but does not solve the mysteries surrounding the mineral-rich and much desired planet of Tori. Both book are in fact romances. [JC]

Bowen, John

(1924-2019) Indian-born playwright and author, in UK from childhood, active in television and radio; he was notable for his habit of adapting works from one medium to the other. His first novel, The Truth Will Not Help Us: Embroidery on an Historical Theme (1956), is a fantasy in which an eighteenth-century piracy trial is depicted as a twentieth-century event, with much anachronistic verisimilitude; the attack on McCarthyism is explicit. His first work of sf interest was "Living? Try Death" ...

Frankau, Gilbert

(1884-1952) UK author known mainly for his work outside the sf field, most notably his Byronesque verse novel One of Us (1912) and its sequels, and dozens of popular romances; he was in active service for almost the whole of World War One, registering some of its effects on him in The City of Fear and Other Poems (coll 1917 chap). His mother Julia Frankau (1859-1916) wrote at least one supernatural novel as by Frank Danby (her regular pseudonym); he and his first wife Dorothea were the parents ...

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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