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Kirk, Pauline

(?   -    ) UK poet and author of The Keepers (1996), a Dystopia set in a Near Future UK run by the eponymous Keepers on lines mildly evocative of George Orwell's Nineteen Eight-Four (1949), with fairly rife regimentation and some brainwashing. But a dissident group imports a virus into the Keeper's central Computer and the old regime collapses quickly. [JC]

Spielberg, Steven

(1947-    ) US producer, screenwriter and director; an amateur film-maker in his early teens, Spielberg completed his first sf feature – the 140-minute Firelight (1963) – at the age of 16; he studied English rather than film at college in California. His first professional film was Amblin' (1969), a slick short about hitch-hiking which was distributed as a support feature with the very successful Love Story (1970); it secured Spielberg a contract with Universal ...

Westall, Robert

(1929-1993) UK art teacher (1960-1985), antique shop proprietor and author whose work, until near the end of his life, was usually for the Young Adult market or for younger children; from the beginning of his career, he was clearly at the forefront of those authors who had begun to respond to their audience's need for more direct confrontation with issues that concerned them. His nonfantastic debut novel, The Machine-Gunners (1975), which formed the basis of the play The Machine-Gunners (first ...

Stickgold, Bob

(1945-    ) US neurobiologist, psychiatrist specializing in sleep research and author, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Susie's Reality" in the UK edition of Worlds of If (see If) for May-June 1973. His first sf novel, Gloryhits (1978) with Mark Noble, deals with a Disaster following upon research in recombinant DNA, a government-funded Genetic Engineering experiment designed to create a Superman but which, administered in the form of the eponymous LSD-like ...

Wayman, Tony Russell

(1929-?2005) UK-born journalist, scriptwriter and author who spent some years in Singapore, where he was actively involved in film-making; in the US since 1963. He began writing sf with the Dreamhouse sequence – World of the Sleeper (1967 dos) and Ads Infinitum (Being a Second Tale from the Dreamhouse) (1971) – which tells two associated tales. The first features a man from a 1994 dominated by Virtual Reality who transports himself, via an Invention that makes his dreams real, into ...

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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