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Caveney, Philip

(1951-    ) UK advertising copywriter and author, primarily of horror and Young Adult fantasy, beginning with his first novel, The Sins of Rachel Ellis (1978), a Timeslip tale. Two of his series are fantasy: the Sebastian Darke sequence beginning with Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools (2007), whose protagonist is a half-elf jester; and the Alec Devlin sequence beginning with The Eye of the Serpent (2008). The Movie Maniacs sequence beginning with Night on Terror Island (2011) ...

Murphy, John P

(?   -    ) US engineer and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Unintended Consequences" in Murphy's Blog for 11 March 2011, his best-known shorter work being the novella "The Liar" (March 2016 F&SF), whose protagonist finds that his routine dissimulations morph the world around him (see Horror in SF). Murphy's first novel, Red Noise (2020), is a Space Opera Western set on an Asteroid which seems to function as a Space Habitat; the ...

Crump, Irving

(1887-1979) US author and editor of Boys' Life for 25 years, 1915-1923 and 1935-?1952. He is known almost exclusively for his sequence of Young Adult Prehistoric SF novels, set in Europe "500,000 years ago" and featuring the resourceful pre-Neanderthal Og, who introduces fire to his tribe, fights off various dangerous beasts including giant tapirs, mammoths, mastodons and snake (though not, correctly, the by then extinct Dinosaurs) and comports himself with commendable dignity throughout. The ...

Aguirre, Ann

(1970-    ) US author who also writes romance fiction as by Ava Gray; her romance sf sequence – the Sirantha Jax books including Grimspace (2008), Wanderlust (2008), Doubleblind (2009), Killbox (2010) and Aftermath (2011) – features a tough but emotionally vulnerable female protagonist in various Space Opera settings. The Corine Solomon sequence beginning with Blue Diablo (2009) is Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and the Addison ...

O'Grady, Standish James

(1846-1928) Irish editor, controversialist and author, whose opinions straddled (and were an irritant to) a large range of opinion about the fate of Ireland. His works of history being unpopular for reason of contentiousness, he created a thematically connected array of novels, beginning with Finn and His Companions (1891) (a tale for children) and The Coming of Cuculain: A Romance of the Heroic Age of Ireland (1894), in all of which the history of Ireland is recast in legendary terms. / ...

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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