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Appleyard, Bryan

(1951-    ) UK author whose sf novel, The First Church of the New Millennium (1994), conflates (not entirely with conviction) two forms of human aspiration: the building of a great new cathedral, and a manned mission to Mars. [JC]

Karlson, Hans

An Australian pseudonym – or more likely House Name – used on one novella-length Scientific Thrillers tale of sf interest, Atomic Death (1948 chap), in which an Invention capable of enlarging or Miniaturizing all matter is stolen by criminals. [JC]

Bowen, Robert Sidney

(1900-1977) US aviator, journalist, editor; his middle name is spelled Sydney, but is given as Sidney in his books; he also wrote nonfantastic tales as James Robert Richard. He served during World War One, in 1917 as an ambulance driver for the American Field Service, and from 1918 in active service as a pilot. After the war he worked for the London Daily News, and in his later career worked as an editor, including a stint as editor-in-chief of ...

Babylon 5

US tv series (1993-1998). Babylonian Productions for Warner Bros. Television. Created by J Michael Straczynski. Producers include Straczynski, John Copeland, and Douglas Netter. Directors include Michael Vejar, David J Eagle, Janet Greek, and Jim Johnston. Writers include Straczynski, Lawrence G DiTillio, D C Fontana, Peter David, Harlan Ellison, and Neil ...

Hichens, Robert

(1864-1950) UK journalist and author, active from about 1886 for more than half a century but now almost forgotten except for The Green Carnation (1894) – which dangerously exploits Oscar Wilde and 1890s Decadence in general – and The Garden of Allah (1904); though neither tale is literally fantastic, they are both written in a style so heated, and so confused about the loathsome allure of ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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