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Pottinger, Stanley

(1940-    ) US lawyer, banker and author of two sf novels, each involving advances in Medicine: The Fourth Procedure (1995), in which foetal transplants have become possible, igniting a religious debate in America; and A Slow Burning (1999), set in the very Near Future where a brilliant neurosurgeon, using Nanotechnology, is able to repair damaged brains: the complicated plot involves the memory transfer of portions of the now-dead surgeon's knowledge (see Identity Transfer; ...

Visiak, E H

Working name of UK poet, critic (a noted Milton scholar) and author Edward Harold Physick (1878-1972). His fiction – like The Haunted Island (1910) [for subtitles see Checklist], a complex tale featuring ghosts, Magic and piracy – is essentially fantasy, although Medusa: A Story of Mystery, and Ecstasy, & Strange Horror (1929), an almost surreal Fantastic Voyage into unknown seas, gives the eponymous South Pacific sea Monster, which dwells in a vast hole Under the Sea, an ...

Ellern, William B

(1933-    ) US engineer, who has worked for the Jet Propulsion Labs, and author of some stories set in the Lensman universe of E E Smith, beginning with "Moon Prospector" for Analog in April 1966, and most notably with a sequel to the main sequence, New Lensman (January-July 1975 Perry Rhodan #61-#74; 1976), which takes some material from his first story; "Triplanetary Agent" (August-October 1976 Perry Rhodan #100-#105) was also set in the Lensman universe. [JC]

Taylor, William Alexander

(1837-1912) US lawyer, editor, politician and author whose Utopia, Intermere (1901), carries its protagonist into the heart of an inland sea perhaps adjacent to Antarctica; it is clearly Atlantis. Its inhabitants, who have deliberately kept the world at bay, communicate through Telepathy; they have evolved a civilization featuring advances in science and Technology, including supersonic aircraft and Weather Control, though women (see Women in SF) are not allowed to own property. Without any ...

Unwin, J D

(1895-1936) UK ethnologist, anthropologist and author whose Hopousia: Or, the Sexual and Economic Foundations of a New Society (written 1935-1936; 1940) is a non-narrative Utopia where Sex is described as being made available through two forms of marriage: the monogamous alpha form entitles its adherents to accept responsibility for running the world; the polygamous beta form welcomes free love. Citizens can change from one marriage formula to the other. The rulers of the world are made free by ...

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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