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Christie, Jason

(circa 1980-    ) Canadian poet (see Canada; Poetry) who is of sf interest for the poems assembled in i-Robot: Poetry (coll 2006), comprising prose-poems set in a Near Future world where Robots, and the distributed networks they link to, are sentient. [JC]

Campion, Sarah

Pseudonym of UK-born author Mary Rose Coulton (1906-2002), author of Father: A Portrait of G G Coulton (1948) as by Sarah Campion, an impressive biography of her father, the important medieval scholar who also wrote Friar's Lantern (1906), a Timeslip fantasy. After being expelled from Germany in 1937, where she had been teaching Jewish children, she spent most of her remaining life in Australia and New Zealand; her late novels, set in Australia, are not fantastic. Earlier, as Campion, she wrote ...

Samalman, Alexander

(1904-1956) US author and editor who, after many years with Standard Magazines, became in 1954 editor of their sf journals, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Fantastic Story Magazine (see Fantastic Story Quarterly) and Startling Stories, the first two of which were soon amalgamated with the latter, though to little avail, for it folded before the end of 1955. Relatively little of Samalman's writing is known to be sf, though his son reported that he wrote many sf and Horror stories for the magazines ...

Olson, John B

(?   -    ) US author of the Oxygen sequence of sf novels with Randall Ingermanson, who see for details. [JC]

Kaiser, Georg

(1878-1945) German playwright whose work – about seventy plays in all – was central to the German Expressionist movement in the theatre from before World War One; he also wrote the text for three operas by Kurt Weill (1900-1950). After the formally unadventurous Die Korale: Schauspiel in Fünf Akten (performed 1917, Munich; 1917; trans Winifred Katzin as The Coral 1963), which comprises the first part of what would become known as the Gas Trilogy, came Gas: Schauspiel in ...

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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