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Roberts, Bechhofer

(1894-1949) UK journalist and author of two thematically connected Near Future spoofs on bureaucracy, The Birdseed Pool (1940), where the chair of a Government control board, appointed through nepotism, fails to rationalize the market for birdseed as World War Two deepens; and the similar Sunrise in the West: An Absurdity (1945). His thrillers as by Ephesian do not contain fantasy. [JC]

Chatterton, E Keble

(1878-1944) UK author, active from around the turn of the century, best known for nonfiction works on maritime history, and for his dramatic depictions of naval warfare; he commanded a navy mine-sweeper during World War One. Of his fiction, the Z-Rays sequence – comprising Through Sea and Air (1929), Adventurers of the Air (1930) and The Sky Riders (1930) – is of most sf interest, as a European ...

Gorman, Ed

(1941-2016) US author, principally of crime, western and horror fiction, in which fields his reputation was high. He was active in Fandom in the 1950s and 1960s, in the latter decade publishing the Fanzine Ciln. His principal contribution to sf was his co-authorship as Richard Driscoll of the Star Precinct trilogy with Kevin D Randle; this opens with Star Precinct (1992) and ...

Lafferty, Mur

Working name of US podcaster, journalist and author Mary Lafferty (1973-    ), active in the former capacity from around 2004; after audio release of some fiction, she began publishing work of genre interest with "Rex the Dog" in Murky Depths for June 2008. The issuing of her first novel, Playing for Keeps (2008), marks her sophisticated use of contemporary media: the tale was first published as an audio book, then as an ebook, then in print form: the ...

Edison, David

(1977-    ) US author whose projected Waking Engine series, beginning with Waking Engine (2014), complexly mixes several sf and fantasy topoi. Though it is possible to read the first novel as an Urban Fantasy set in an Afterlife world [for Afterlife and Urban Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], it can also be understood as being set in a ...

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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