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Ramseyer, Edwin

(1896-?   ) Swiss author whose Airmen Over the Suburb (trans Nora Bickley from manuscript 1939) is a Future War novel in which Paris is attacked from the air. [JC]

Berry, James R

(1933-2003) US author most noted for juveniles, beginning with Dar Tellum: Stranger from a Distant Planet (graph 1973) illustrated by Enrica Scull, an effective picture book for younger children, in which the eponymous plant-like Alien cures Earth of carbon-dioxide poisoning. The Galactic Invaders (1976) and Quas Starbrite (1981) are sf-adventure novels, and Magicians of Erianne (1988) is an Arthurian fantasy for older children. [JC]

Dille, Flint

(1955-    ) US author, a member of the Dille family that owns the Buck Rogers copyright (see Buck Rogers in the 25th Century), and author of a few Buck Rogers stories like "The Relic" and "Armageddon 1995", which appear in his anonymously edited anthology, Buck Rogers: Arrival (anth 1989). He is also responsible for the Agent 13, The Midnight Avenger sequence beginning with Agent 13: The Invisible Empire (1986) with David Marconi; the Sagard the Barbarian Gamebooks, ...

Smeaton, Oliphant

(1856-1914) Scottish editor and author in whose Lost Race tale for boys, A Mystery of the Pacific (1899), three young Englishmen searching for a lost relative penetrate a mysterious Sargasso Sea-like barrier in the South Pacific and are taken in a trireme to a giant Island inhabited – they think exclusively – by descendants of ancient Romans. As the plot thickens, however, they discover Underground a second, far more ancient civilization comprising survivors of Atlantis. The three ...

Gilford, C B

(1920-2010) US teacher and scriptwriter and author – sometimes under pseudonyms not used for work of genre interest – whose sf novel, The Liquid Man (September 1941 Fantastic Adventures; 1969), features a biologist and a problem in undesired metamorphosis, the nature of which is clear from the title. In The Crooked Shamrock (1969) – which has a Ruritanian flavour though the countries have changed – the heir to the British throne is abducted by an Irish gang, and raised ...

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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