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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Miller, Leo E

(1887-1952) US explorer and author, his nonfiction tending to focus on his travels in South America, and of the Hidden People sequence of Lost Race tales for boys, comprising The Hidden People: The Story of a Search for Incan Treasure (1920), In the Tiger's Lair (1921) and (less interestingly) The Jungle Pirates (1925). Miller's realistic handling of geography and the natural sciences makes more embarrassing his ...

Golding, Louis

(1895-1958) UK author much of whose work reflected his Jewish descent; Three Ancient Lands: Being a Journey to Palestine (1928) contains an early photographic record of kibbutzim life, and several novels are on Jewish themes, including Magnolia Street (1932). Some of his shorter fiction – like "Pompeii in Massachusetts" (original magazine publication if any not established) from The Doomington Wanderer: A Book of Tales (coll 1934; vt ...

Bringsværd, Tor Åge

(1939-    ) Norwegian author and playwright. Born in the small town of Skien, Bringsværd moved to Oslo to attend university, and there in 1966 met Jon Bing at the first official meeting of the Oslo University sf club, Aniara, created by the initiative of Oddvar Foss; they later contributed by reading aloud stories they had translated. They were both inveterate sf readers in a country where sf literally did not ...

Thomas, Eugene E

(1894-?   ) US author of occult works; those with some sf relevance include Fragments from the Past (1930), whose protagonist is sent by Timeslip to Atlantis, where he warns selected Atlanteans of the catastrophe to come; and Brotherhood of Mt Shasta (1946), whose protagonist meets Secret Masters Underground, who return him to ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...



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