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Brown, Eric

(1960-2023) UK author who began publishing sf – after a children's play, Noel's Ark (1982 chap) – with "Krash-Bangg Joe and the Pineal-Zen Equation" for Interzone in Autumn 1987; like several further tales assembled in The Time-Lapsed Man and Other Stories (coll 1990), it is set in a future world dominated by the effects of bio-engineering and dense with information. This marriage of Cordwainer ...

Macnee, Patrick

(1922-2015) UK actor (a US citizen from 1982) best known for playing the supremely suave, stylish and very British secret agent John Steed who with a succession of tough but glamorous female partners is pitted against numerous sf threats and ploys in The Avengers (1961-1969) and its successor The New Avengers (1976-1977). He receives sole cover credit for the Avengers Ties Deadline (1965) ...

Melton, Henry

(1949-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "We Hold These Rights ..." in Stellar #3 (anth 1977) edited by Judy-Lynn del Rey; his loose Small Towns, Big Ideas sequence for the Young Adult market, beginning with Emperor Dad (2007), tends to feature young protagonists who flummox the big world outside with the aid of ...

Kelso, Sylvia

(1946-    ) Writer, critic, editor and academic based in North Queensland, Australia. She obtained an MA in creative writing from the University of Western Australia with an alternate history novel set in North Queensland and a PhD from James Cook University, where she examined feminism/s' interaction with SF and the Gothic. She is an adjunct lecturer of English at James Cook University, where she has taught English and creative writing, a consulting member of the editorial ...

Johnson, Owen

(1878-1952) US author in various genres, most of his work being Young Adult novels such as the Lawrenceville sequence, which focuses on school life; the best-known of these titles is The Varmint (1910). The protagonist of The Coming of the Amazons: A Satiristic Speculation on the Scientific Future of Civilization (1931) finds, on awakening in 2181 CE from Suspended Animation, that women ...

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. ...

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