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Newte, Horace

(1870-1949) UK author and controversialist on political matters whose The Master Beast: Being a True Account of the Ruthless Tyranny Inflicted on the British People by Socialism, A.D. 1888-2020 (1907; vt The Red Fury: Britain Under Bolshevism 1919) lives fully up to its subtitle, telling of a young socialist at the turn of the twentieth century who first experiences a German Invasion of a Britain whose socialist government has left it unprepared; then, after awakening (see Sleeper Awakes) from ...

Hooker, Ruth

(1920-1998) US author of books for Young Adult readers and younger children, whose Kennaquhair (1976) follows six children who leave a Ruined Earth urban environment and find a pastoral enclave, where a guru named Olmun [ie Old Man] teaches them how to adjust with loving kindness to the new world. [JC]

Chayefsky, Paddy

Working name of US author Sidney Aaron Chayefsky (1923-1981), most famous for his work as a television dramatist; Marty (produced 1953) marks for many a culmination (and a sign of the passing) of the Golden Age of US television drama. The Tenth Man (theatrical production 1959; 1960) was a Dybbuk fantasy based on The Dybbuk (1920) by S Ansky (1863-1920). His sf novel, Altered States (1978) (see Metaphysics), propounds the highly dubious Lamarckian concept (see Evolution; Pseudoscience) that a ...

Adaf, Shim'on

(1972-    ) Israeli editor, musician, poet and author; born to Moroccan immigrant parents, he grew up in Sderot, a poor town situated some five kilometres from Gaza City and populated by mostly Moroccan Jewish immigrants. His childhood experience shapes much of his fiction. / Adaf has won several awards for his poetry, which is widely translated. He moved to Tel Aviv after his military service, where he became the youngest ever editor of a major prose line, for the ...

Fuentes, Roberto

(1934-    ) US judo expert who collaborated with Piers Anthony (whom see for further details) on the Jason Striker series of martial arts tales; Dead Morn (1990), likewise with Anthony, is a singleton. Fuentes's bad health affected future plans between the two collaborators. [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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