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Du Bois, Gaylord

(1899-1993) US Comics writer, with over 3000 comic-book scripts credited to him under his own (which he also gave as DuBois) and other names, including Hal Forrest and Buck Wilson; he also wrote a number of Big Little Books. He specialized in non-fantastic animal stories, and in Westerns, and his work in the fantastic is generally restricted to cartoon characters like Raggedy Ann or ...

Goldberg, Rube

(1883-1970) US cartoonist, illustrator, screenwriter, Comics author and author, active from around 1904. He is of sf interest primarily for his humorous cartoons (see Humour) featuring Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts and his Inventions. As with the work of his contemporary, W Heath Robinson, many of these inventions lampoon some of the technological excesses of the ...

Coleman, Claire G

(1974-    ) Australian author, more fully described as Wirlomin-Noongar-Australian; her first novel Terra Nullius (2017) comes close to allegory (but escapes) in its depiction of what seems to be a fantasticated rendering of the Aboriginal experience in Australia, but which turns out to be a relatively deadpan but strongly moving narrative set in the distant Near Future where the Aboriginals are in fact all that remain of the ...

Mills, Dorothy

(1889-1959) UK author of several travel books which record her adventurous life in Africa and South America, and of three books of sf interest: The Arms of the Sun (1924), a Lost World tale set in Africa, where a white woman (as was still usual in this category of fiction as late as 1924) is shown being worshipped by Blacks; The Dark Gods (1925), also set in an indefinably mysterious Africa; and Phoenix (1926), in which ...

Nelson, Arthur A

(1875-1917) US salesman, advertising manager (of the Royal Typewriter Company) and author of some Pulp-magazine fiction; born Alfred Arthur Nelson, he reversed his given names for his writing work. He is of greatest sf interest for his Lost Race novel, Wings of Danger (January-April 1915 Adventure as "The Adventurers"; 1915), featuring an ancient Norse land called Valkyria within 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, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...



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