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Wessells, Henry

(1960-    ) US antiquarian bookseller, editor, small press publisher and author who began to publish sf outside the genre with "Virtual Wisdom" for Exquisite Corpse in 1992, a literary journal edited by Andrei Codrescu, and within the genre with "From This Swamp" in The Starry Wisdom (anth 1994) edited by D M Mitchell. In 1993, he encountered the work of Avram Davidson and began to compile bibliographical information relating to Davidson, whom Wessells never met. His lists ...

Blackden, Paul

(?   -    ) UK author of one sf novel, Adam and Eve 2020 A D (1974), set partly in Near Future Yorkshire, though both the destruction of London and New York are described; young Terry and Jackie survive into a very dangerous Post-Holocaust world but it looks as though they will make a go of it (see Adam and Eve). [JC]

van Belkom, Edo

(1962-    ) Canadian author and editor, principally of horror and fantasy, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Basement" for On Spec for Fall 1990 and has also written as Evan Hollander. He contributed two novels to the long-running Deathlands sequence of Post-Holocaust Survivalist Fiction, his first being Deathlands #61: Skydark Spawn (2003) as by James Axler (whom see for more). His Young Adult Wolf Pack Urban Fantasy sequence [see The Encyclopedia of ...

Kerruish, Jessie Douglas

(1884-1949) UK author, initially of romances with fantasy elements [see also The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and also of numerous short stories from around 1910, several of them assembled later as Babylonian Nights' Entertainment: A Selection of Narratives from the Text of Certain Undiscovered Cuneiform Tablets (coll 1934). Of some sf interest is her Werewolf tale, The Undying Monster: A Tale of the Fifth Dimension (1922), which provides a semblance of scientific rationale for ...

DeMaitre, Edmund

(1906-1991) Hungarian newspaper reporter and author born Ödön Demeter, who covered World War Two for various papers, and who settled permanently in the US after the war; his sf Satire, The Liberation of Manhattan (1949) with Mark J Appleman, comically depicts the invasion of New York by its Soviet liberators. [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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