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James, Roby

Pseudonym of US scriptwriter, spiritual adviser and author Rhoda Blecker (?   -    ); the Starfire sequence, comprising Commencement (1996) and Commitment (1997), features a young woman with Psi Powers who, after being trained to use them for evil by an interstellar government, learns to use them for good, which benefits all. Beyond the Hedge (2006) is fantasy. [JC]

Jacobs, Harvey

(1930-2017) US author whose work, much of it taking on a Magic-Realist glow, generally focused on the nature and fate of the urban Jew, especially in New York. He began publishing work of some genre interest with "A Wind Age" for Tomorrow in 1951; his more fable-like tales, many of which appear in The Egg of the Glak and Other Stories (coll 1969) and My Rose & My Glove: Stories (Real and Surreal) ...

Murphy, Andrew C

(?   -    ) US author of Steel Sky (2003), a Post-Holocaust Dystopia set Underground in an imprisoning Keep, where the surviving population undergoes enforced estrangements. It feels like the End of the World. [JC]

Easton, John

(?   -?   ) UK author whose experiences of active service during World War One were reflected in Three Personal Records of the War (1929) with R H Mottram and Eric Partridge. He is of sf interest for Red Sap (1930; rev 1938), a Lost Race tale whose protagonist finds the secret of Invisibility deep in ...

Leonardo da Vinci

(1452-1519) Florentine painter, sculptor, inventor and military engineer, celebrated since the Enlightenment as the epitome of Renaissance creative genius and frequently invoked as an sf Icon of these qualities. He had no surname as such, "Leonardo" being his given name, "di ser Piero" designating his natural father (he was illegitimate), and "da Vinci" indicating that he was born in the town of Vinci; he is, therefore, normally cited as Leonardo, or Leonardo da Vinci. ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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