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Duffy, Maureen

(1933-    ) UK author several of whose books focus on London, including Capital (1975), a complex set of era-switching meditations – including a Neanderthal man's thoughts about the future – on the deep mythos of the city. The novel influenced (as he has acknowledged clearly) Michael Moorcock's Mother London (1988), and similar later works by Iain Sinclair and Peter Ackroyd. In general Duffy's novels tend to explore marginalized figures, many of them women viewed ...

Wentworth-James, Gertie de S

Working name of UK author Gertrude Wentworth-James (1874-1933), born Gertrude Soilleux Webster, who sometimes wrote as Gertie S Wentworth-James. Some of her fifty or more flirtatious but ultimately decorous romances contain elements of sf interest, beginning with The Soul That Came Back (1922), a tale of Reincarnation. In the Near Future The Television Girl (1928), an osteopath falls in love with a young woman who appears accidentally on the screen of his telephone (see Communications); she ...

Mayo, W S

(1811-1895) US physician and author whose Kaloolah; Or, Journeyings to the Djébel Kumri: An Autobiography of Jonathan Romer (1849) [for vts see Checklist] may have taken its hoax-like, factoid-filled story – with Mayo himself posing as the editor of Romer's manuscript – from Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of A Gordon Pym, of Nantucket (1838), and its exotic Fantastic Voyage narrative from the early works of Herman Melville, whose Moby-Dick: Or, The Whale (1851 2vols) was in ...

McCoy, Glen

(1954-    ) UK screenwriter and author of a Tie contributed to the Doctor Who universe, Doctor Who: Timelash (1985), which novelizes his Doctor Who Television script from the same year. [JC]

Shaub, Earl L

(1886-?   ) US author whose two novels of sf interest attempt to convey metaphysical lessons through genre conventions: the protagonist of Beyond Mars (1959) learns some central secrets of the universe on Mars; the eponymous protagonist of Noah's Daughter (1960) offers a more chthonic, more feminine wisdom. In both texts, God is of assistance. [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, 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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