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Cendrars, Blaise

Pseudonym of Swiss-born editor, controversialist, adventurer (though his memoirs contain a great deal of fiction), poet, film maker and author Frédéric-Louis Sauser (1887-1961), in France from around 1910, signing as Blaise Cendrars from 1912; he was in active service during World War One, losing an arm in combat. His career as experimenter, agitator, constantly restless plunger into numerous genres (which he mixed), began before the War, most of ...

L'Epy, Heliogenes de

Pseudonym of an unidentified seventeenth-century UK author (?   -?   ), a name which translates roughly as "Sun-born of the Sword"; his claim to have been born a French gentleman in 1633 near Lyons is an invention, though the date of birth may be genuine. His Fantastic Voyage, A Voyage into Tartary, Containing a Curious Description of that Country [for full title see Checklist] (1689) depicts, perhaps for the ...

Martian, The

US musician specializing in sf-themed dance electronica. "The Martian" is Carlos "Empire" Ramirez (1980-    ), who renders his name variously as "eMpyre ramireZ" and "eMpyre RamireX" (with or without the eccentric capitalization), and sometimes simply "Empire". He produces lively, fluid, funk-inflected synthesizer music, a self-declaredly "non-corporate hip-hop" with a high genre quotient. Releases include "Meet the Red Planet" (1992), "Sex in Zero Gravity" ...

Gantz, Kenneth F

(1905-1996) US Air Force officer (Lt Colonel) and author, mostly of nonfiction such as Man in Space: The United States Air Force Program for Developing the Spacecraft Crew (1959); he edited The United States Air Force Report on the Ballistic Missile (anth 1958). His Near Future sf novel, Not in Solitude (1959; rev 1961), fictionalizes a first voyage to Mars, closely and vividly describing ...

Sequels by Other Hands

We use this Term for written, professionally published follow-ups to existing sf/fantasy novels, more often than not produced spontaneously and with considerable freedom of development rather than under the commercial constraints of Ties to owned franchises – although there is some inevitable overlap. / Major and minor classics often attract such sequels, both in and out of the genre. An early example is Francis ...

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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