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Ryner, Han

Pseudonym of Algerian-born French philosopher and author Jacques Élie Henri Ambroise Ner (1861-1938), which he adopted in 1898, after having published fairly widely under his own name. His philosophical position, as articulated in many articles and books, combined epicurean stoicism about the purpose of life with anarchist political views which led to his taking a pacifist stand in World War One, a position reflected in Les Pacifiques ["The Pacifists"] (1914), where a shipwrecked band ...

Sherrell, Carl

(1929-1990) US commercial artist and, later, author whose novels are essentially fantasies, with the exception of the unremarkable The Space Prodigal (1981), a Space Opera with a haunted, roaming anti-hero (see Heroes). His fantasies are the Raum sequence – Raum (1977) and Skraelings (1987), Raum being a similar anti-hero – plus Arcane (1978) and The Curse (1989). [JC]

He, Joan

(?   -     ) US author whose first novel, the Young Adult Descendant of the Crane (2019), is fantasy. Her second novel, The Ones We're Meant to Find (2021), which is set in a world disrupted by Climate Change, follows the travels of two separated sisters (one of them the narrator) searching for one another in the midst of the Disaster, a reunion being necessarily clouded by the bad times they must attempt to occupy, as well as the problematics involving ...

Kaye, Terry

Collaborative pseudonym of Brian Hannant, Terry Hayes and George Miller. This was used only for Mad Max (1979; vt Mad Max 1 1985), which novelizes Miller's Post-Holocaust film Mad Max (1979). [JC/DRL]

Twain, Mark

Pseudonym of US author Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), whose early life and work revolved around the Mississippi River, initially as a steamboat pilot 1857-1861, a job he loved and whose loss because of the outbreak of the Civil War was deeply wounding to him, though he had in fact begun publishing very early, his first piece being "A Gallant Fireman" (16 January 1851 Western Union). His 1860s sojourn in California may have been fruitful – his first fame dates from these years, as ...

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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