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Aaron, Rachel

(?   -    ) US author who also writes under her married name Rachel Bach, her husband and occasional collaborator being Travis Bach (?   -    ), and who initially became known for the Legend of Eli Monpress fantasy sequence beginning with The Spirit Thief (2010). Her first work of sf interest was the Paradox series – comprising Fortune's Pawn (2013), Honor's Knight (2014) and Heaven's Queen (2014), all as by Rachel Bach ...

Williams, Carol Lynch

(1959-    ) US author of some interest for the Just in Time series of very Young Adult Time Travel tales beginning with The Rescue Begins in Delaware (2013), all with Cheri Pray Earl; the two child protagonists travel back and forth in a Time Machine coveted by a Villain, and meet various historical figures, including Thomas Alva Edison. Their adventures are titivated by the fact that one or another of them changes into an animal each time the machine is used. Of Williams's ...

Futuristic Science Stories

UK pocketbook-size magazine, published by John Spencer, London. Edited by John S Manning, a pseudonym of publishers Samuel Assael and Maurice Nahum. 16 issues, numbered, undated, 1950-1958; #1-#15 appeared 1950-1954; #16 did not appear until 1958. / Futuristic Science Stories was one of four almost identical low-quality sf magazines – all of minimal interest – published by Spencer in the 1950s; the others were Tales of Tomorrow, Wonders of the Spaceways and Worlds of Fantasy. ...

Zelman, Aaron

(1946-2010) US author who collaborated on two sf novels with Libertarian themes: Rebelfire: Out of the Gray Zone (2005) with Claire Wolfe and Hope (2008) with L Neil Smith. He should not be confused with the television producer Aaron Zelman (1973-    ). [JC]

Bornstein, Kate

(1948-    ) US performance artist, playwright and author whose Nearly Roadkill: An Infobahn Erotic Adventure (1996) with Caitlin Sullivan is an sf tale whose two protagonists meet in a Near Future Cyberspace where in theory they can play sophisticatedly with their own and others' gender identities (see Feminism; Sex; Women in SF); but the net has succumbed to government tyranny. In response they foment and lead a successful insurgency against oppression. Bornstein's initial ...

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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