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Knowles, W P

(1891-1978) UK advocate of the Knowles method of breath training and author whose Jim McWhirter (1933), the last portion of which is set in 1953, advances towards a not unusual socialist Utopia where Sex is a form of hygiene, via a sequence of very violent Disasters, including an emission of Poison gases from within the crust of the Earth (see ...

Connell, Adam

(1973-    ) US author who, after an early career in the New York stock market, published an sf novel, Counterfeit Kings (2004), a noirish thriller, set on the Jovian moon Io (see Jupiter), whose protagonist must search for his world's missing king, a search complicated by a plethora of bodyguards known as Ringers who have been surgically altered so that they are indistinguishable from their monarch. [JC]

Werber, Bernard

(1961-    ) French author, most of whose work remains untranslated into English, though the first volume of his Les Fourmis ["The Ants"] sequence, Les Fourmis (1991; trans Margaret Rocques as Empire of the Ants 1996), gives some insight into a creative strategy he has followed subsequently. The admixture of Horror in SF topoi and philosophical discourse (conveyed in part through ample ...

Bliss, Robert

(1937-    ) US author of a Near Future sf adventure with touches of the Technothriller, A.N.G.E.L.S., Inc (1999). [JC]

Hervey, Maurice H

(circa 1854-?   ) UK journalist and author active at the end of the nineteenth century. The protagonist of his sf novel, David Dimsdale, M.D.: A Story of Past and Future (1897), awakens in 1920 (see Sleeper Awakes) to find ubiquitous electrical advances plus the daughter of the woman he'd loved in 1895. He ends up marrying the daughter. [JC]

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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