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Geis, Richard E

(1927-2013) US author, editor and sf fan, best known since 1953 for producing and contributing significantly to a fanzine, Psychotic, and later a Semiprozine, The Alien Critic, both of which were, confusingly, at different times known as Science Fiction Review. He has published other Fanzines. His vigorously anti-highbrow judgements were for a long time influential in the sf field; between 1969 and 1983 he six times won a Hugo for Best Fanzine and a further seven times for Best Fan Writer, the ...

Richmond, Walt

(1922-1977) US author and research scientist whose fiction was written exclusively in collaboration with his wife, Leigh Richmond (whom see for details). Later revisions, which credit both authors, were solely executed by his wife. [JC]

Powell, Gareth L

(1970-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Shadows" in The Rosy Body Cross for 1989, and has published his forceful and populous if sometimes cartoonish shorter work fairly widely, a representative sample being assembled as The Last Reef and Other Stories (coll 2008). He is best known for the Ack-Ack Macaque series – the main sequence comprising Ack-Ack Macaque (2012), which won a BSFA Award for best novel, Hive Monkey (2013) and Macaque ...

Ruskin, Ronald

(1944-    ) Canadian medical doctor and author whose The Last Panic (1979), a Near Future tale in which a sudden Pandemic drives nearly everyone insane. [JC]

Allott, Kenneth

(1912-1973) UK poet, playwright and author best known for his distinguished and melancholy poetry, which was assembled in Collected Poems (1975). The Rhubarb Tree (1937) with Stephen Tait is one of several 1930s Scientific Romances predicting a Near Future fascist government in the UK (see Dystopia; Hitler Wins), though in exaggeratedly comic terms, with the Nazi "Sons of Empire" bedecked in red, white, and blue shirts. Jules Verne (1940) is a fluent study, free of the literary condescension ...

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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