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Allingham, H J

(1867-1936) UK editor and author, father of Margery Allingham, who wrote stories for boys, sometimes as by Ralph Rollington; his Young Adult sf novel, The Robot Man: Amazing Tale of Peril Abroad (6 July-7 September 1929 Gem Magazine; 1931 chap), about a Mad Scientist who creates a giant Robot in the Amazon, is of moderate interest. [JC/RR] see also: Boys' Friend Library; Boys' Papers. /

Adair, Gilbert

(1944-2011) Scottish literary theorist, critic, translator and author, in France 1968-1980, subsequently in the UK. His fiction has some fantasy interest, including his two Sequels by Other Hands for Young Adult readers, Alice Through the Needle's Eye (1984) and Peter Pan and the Only Children (1987), respectively sequelling Lewis Carroll and James Barrie (1830-1937); his adult novels – though they engage their protagonists in extreme situations, and explore thin partitions between Cinema ...

Parker, Joseph W

(?   -?   ) US author of Doctor Crosby's Strange Experience; Or, a New World by 1944 (1935 chap), in which America becomes a livable Utopia, on socialist principles, in the Near Future. [JC]

Pinsker, Sarah

(1977-    ) US singer-songwriter and author, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Not Dying in Central Texas" in Nine for June 2012. She initially published only in shorter forms, though prolifically, with more than 50 stories released by 2019. "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss" (1-8 July 2013 Strange Horizons) won a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. She may be best known for "Our Lady of the Open Road" (June 2015 Asimov's), which won a 2016 Nebula for best novelette. ...

Sinclair, Iain

(1943-    ) UK bookseller (retired), poet and author whose fiction is better described as Fantastika than as sf proper, just as the work of his main American mentor, William S Burroughs can be so designated. Studies and mythopoetic explorations of London, comprising a large body of fiction and nonfiction, have provided Sinclair with a central focus from the beginning of his career. Lud Heat: A Book of the Dead Hamlets (1975), a narrative prose-poem which fabricates 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. 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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