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Stevenson, Robert Louis

(1850-1894) Scottish author, who changed his second given name from Lewis to Louis at the age of eighteen; best known for works outside the sf field like Treasure Island (1 October 1881-28 January 1882 Young Folks; 1883), transposed into space as the films Treasure Planet (1982) directed by Rumen Petkov and Treasure Planet (2002) directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, plus the Television series Treasure Island in Outer Space (1987); the topography and vegetation of the Island itself are ...


In Peru, fantastic literature and science fiction have a long tradition that is still undergoing exhumation and rescue. The purpose here is to establish a first cartographic guide to sf in Peru, which from the outset is inevitably incomplete, given that new authors continue to be discovered and that, over the last few decades, sf production has been on the rise. / The first novel ever written in Peru was published in serial format in the newspaper, El Comercio. It was written by ...

Wolfe, Louis

(1905-1985) US author in whose Children's SF tale, Journey of the Oceanauts: Across the Bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on Foot (1968), three genetically engineered (see Genetic Engineering) Mutants make the eponymous 4000 mile trek. [JC]

Sloley, Emma

(?   -    ) Australian journalist and author, in US from 2003, who is of sf interest for her first novel, Disaster's Children (2019), a very Near Future Young Adult tale set mostly in a remote rural ranch compound (see Keep) occupied by the very rich, who are planning to dodge the Climate Change catastrophe more and more dominating the outside world, which they call the Disaster. The young protagonist falls in love with a Mysterious Stranger, but there is no ...

Randall, Florence Engel

(1917-1997) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "One Long Ribbon" in Fantastic for July 1962; her five novels, beginning with the nonfantastic Hedgerow (1967), were composed for the Young Adult market. They include fantasies like A Place of Sapphires (1969), The Almost Year (1971), and Haldane Station (1973), in all of which Gothic manifestations of the supernatural are linked to the coming of age of young protagonists. / Randall is of sf interest for A Watcher in the ...

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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