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Osborn, Christopher

(?   -    ) UK concert pianist, teacher and author whose first novel, A Sense of Touch (1989), is nonfantastic; his second, Unbound (2017), sensitively depicts a molecular biologist's unrelenting search for Immortality through Drugs, during the course of which he becomes addicted to a drug known as Telos, which treats ageing as an auto-immune disorder. A Near Future epilogue extols his scientific efforts, which have proven successful, though not in time to ...

Lane, Jeremy

(1893-1963) US author of two Lost Race tales: Yellow Men Sleep (3 May-31 May 1919 All-Story Weekly as "The Fragrant Web"; 1919) features the sophisticated empire of Tau Kuan, whose rulers are descended from the Great Khans, and who have remained hidden in the Gobi Desert sustained by the Drug Koresh as the once-fertile region desiccated, but whose secretive trade in the drug now arouses Western fears of a Yellow Peril threat to civilization; and The Left Hand of God (1929). [JC]

Slocomb, Cora

(1862-1944) US author who became well known for her successful campaign to clear Maria Barbieri, an Italian immigrant woman, of an unsound conviction for first degree murder; Barbieri would have been the first woman to be judicially electrocuted; her case aroused widespread Feminist interest, though Slocomb herself was subject to death threats. Rather less gripping than these events, her novel, An American Idyll (1896; vt Ampharita: An American Idyll 1897), is a Lost Race tale set in the Sierra ...

Lebbon, Tim

(1969-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Simon Says" in Psychotrope for March 1994, and who until recent years almost exclusively specialized in Affect Horror and fantasy, though from the first an instinct for worldbuilding has constantly threatened to widen this remit; from early in his career he has tended to set his tales in variously designated (or background) landscapes in the throes of apocalyptic decay, often referring to this mise en ...

Grandville, J J

Pseudonym of French caricaturist and illustrator Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard (1803-1847), active from the mid-1820s to 1835, primarily as a caricaturist (until the imposition of prior censorship on political cartoons in 1835). He is of overall interest as a creator of images of Fantastika beginning with Les Métamorphoses du jour ["Metamorphoses of the Day"] (graph 1829) [for revised edition see Checklist], featuring caricatures of known figures conveyed through images with human ...

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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