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Foss, Chris

(1946-    ) Working name of British artist Christopher F Foss. Foss studied architecture at Cambridge University, and he has worked in sf Illustration since 1970, primarily as a cover artist; he uses brush and airbrush to excellent effect. Foss's smooth, representational style, demonstrated on hundreds of covers, spearheaded a revolution in British sf paperback design in the 1970s, and the artist's success inspired many imitators, creating for a while an almost tedious ...

Jepson, Edgar

(1863-1938) UK schoolteacher and author, prolific in various popular genres from 1895; father of Selwyn Jepson, grandfather of Fay Weldon; some of his books are of sf interest. Half-Ruritania, half-Dystopia, Varandaleel, the imaginary land-locked Asian country in The Keepers of the People (1898), has been ruled for generations by Englishmen; the novel, an anti-Feminist tale in which woman are treated as inferior creatures, encroaches on sf from several angles. The Horned Shepherd (1904) and No. ...

Żuławski, Jerzy

(1874-1915) Polish playwright, poet and author, of sf interest for his The Lunar Trilogy, an unprecedented work in Polish literature about the colonization of the Moon: Na Srebrnym Globie. Rękopis z Księżyca ["On the Silver Globe. A Manuscript from the Moon"] (1903), Zwycięzca ["The Victor"] (1910) and Stara ziemia ["Old Earth"] (1911) whose themes range from Colonization of Other Worlds to human mythmaking proclivities (see Mythology), religious urges (see Religion) and the ...

Craig, William

(1929-1997) US historian and author in whose marginally Near Future Technothriller, The Tashkent Crisis (1971), the USSR threatens America and the world with an ultimatum and a new energy-beam Weapon or giant Ray Gun; American agents fight back, destroying the threat with a miniaturized nuclear warhead improbably concealed within a pistol. [JC/DRL]

MacLeod, Angus

(1906-1978) Scottish author of fiction and plays for Radio. His sf novels are The Body's Guest (1958), in which a yoga machine built by an Indian physicist switches identities (see Identity Exchange) between nine Scots and a bull, with mildly amusing results, and The Eighth Seal (1962), set on a Scottish Island where a Mad Scientist is involved in a scheme to leucotomize the human race, whether in order to save or to damn it being unclear. [JC/PN]

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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