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Pares, Bip

Working name of UK illustrator Ethel Pares (1904-1977); the "Bip" came from her childhood attempt to pronounce the name of a family horse. Most of her circa 600 covers were done before World War Two, often for works of genre interest: much of this work continues to await discovery. Some of her best work appeared on the covers of sf novels, such as E Phillips Oppenheim's The Dumb Gods Speak (1937) and the same author's Mr Mirakel (1943), both Near Future tales involving Inventions; her work ...

Worlds of the Universe

UK pocketbook-size Magazine. One undated issue [November] 1953, published by Gould-Light Publishing, London; edited anonymously by its publisher, Norman Light. Contributors of the three negligible stories were John Russell Fearn as Mark Denholm, Thomas W Wade as Manning Stern and John Sylvassey. Copies are rarely seen. [FHP] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Brin, David

(1950-    ) US author with advanced degrees in engineering and physics, who began publishing sf with his first novel, Sundiver (1980), which is also the first volume in the ongoing Uplift sequence (see Uplift), for which he remains best known: it continued with Startide Rising (1983; rev 1985) and The Uplift War (1987), the two being assembled as Earthclan (omni 1987); a further integrated sequence, the Uplift Storm Trilogy, includes Brightness Reef (1995), Infinity's Shore ...

Leonard, George

(1946-    ) US academic and author whose novels include Beyond Control (1975), an effective Horror in SF tale set in a big-City slum hospital where DNA experimentation (see Genetic Engineering) on pregnant underclass women leads to the birth of highly unpleasant Monsters; complicit politicians are of course chiefly concerned to protect their own reputations and careers. / This author should not be confused with George H Leonard. [DRL]

Greenwood, Ed

(1959-    ) Canadian Game-World designer and author, whose development of the Forgotten Realms "campaign setting" for the Role Playing Game Dungeons & Dragons was singularly successful, one result being a large number of associated novels and similar fantasies [not listed below]. Greenwood is of some sf interest for The Iron Assassin; Or, A Clockwork Prometheus (2015), a Steampunk novel set in an Alternate World version of Victorian England where Airships, clockwork ...

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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