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Vallejo, Boris

(1941-    ) American artist, born in Peru, who usually signs his work "Boris"; he is the father of artist Dorian Vallejo, husband of artist Julie Bell, and stepfather of artists David Palumbo and Anthony Palumbo. After briefly pursuing a career in medicine, which may have influenced his later renderings of human anatomy, Vallejo was trained in graphic design before moving to the United States in 1964 to pursue a career as an artist. There he met and married his first wife, ...

FTL [magazine]

1. Irish Amateur Magazine published by the Irish Science Fiction Association, Dublin with a succession of editors, starting and ending with John Kenny (#1-#2, #11), plus David Egan (#3-#4), Michael Carroll (#5-#6), David Egan (#7-#8) and Robert Elliott (#9-#10). It ran from March 1989 to Winter (December) 1991 ending (from issue #9 Summer 1991) as a trim, A4-size, glossy magazine of 28 rather packed pages. It was rare for Eire to have its own magazine and the contents were soon filled with ...

Hjortsberg, William

(1941-2017) US screenwriter and author, much of whose work – like his first novel, Alp (1969), or his third, Toro! Toro! Toro! (1974) – hovers Equipoisally between a mildly gonzo Western American Magic Realism and genuine Fabulation. Gray Matters (1971), which is sf, grounds its fantastic episodes in a future Utopia where people are reborn (see Reincarnation) from entombment as Hive-Mind "Cerebromorphs" within an enormous Cybernetic complex only when they have achieved some ...


Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ), whose surname might plausibly be Marden, of John Sagur (1921), a Utopia in which the eponymous inventor of a new Power Source becomes dictator of the world and brings peace. [JC]

Manning, Laurence

(1899-1972) Canadian-born author, in the USA from 1920, a founder of the American Interplanetary Society and editor of its journal, Astronautics, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The City of the Living Dead" with Fletcher Pratt for Wonder Stories in May 1930. He is best remembered for his numerous contributions to Wonder Stories and Wonder Stories Quarterly in the 1930s. His best-known series was the Man Who Awoke sequence in Wonder Stories, five stories later published as The ...

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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