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Akhtar, Jamshed

(1947-    ) Indian engineer and author whose Near Future sf novel, Ultimate Revelations (1996), in which the threat of precipitate Climate Change, caused by a minor event in the Sun's usually stable emission of energy, is understood as a kind of fulfilled prophecy (or typology) of an ancient catastrophe, as described in the Bible and further mediated through the Qur'an. But the great Disaster proceeds unaffected by this knowledge. [JC]

Hill, Headon

Pseudonym of UK journalist and author Francis Edward Grainger (1857-1927), who mostly wrote nonfantastic thrillers and police procedurals. The Spies of the Wight (1899), which describes a threatened Invasion of England, edges into the very Near Future; the novel-length title story assembled in Seaward for the Foe (coll 1903) is a Future War tale in which England is pitted against France. [JC]

Mitchell, Clyde

A Ziff-Davis House Name, 1956-1957, used twice by Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett in collaboration, twice by Henry Slesar (confirmed by Slesar himself), and once by Harlan Ellison on "The Wife Factory" (November 1957 Fantastic). [PN/MA]

Yasugi Masayoshi

(1972-2021) Japanese author whose work was suffused with a gentle melancholy and a concentration on damaged people – a group of which he may have tragically considered himself to be a member. Graduating from the Law and Economics Department of Kyūshū International University, he worked part-time in publishing while writing the early fictions that made his name. He was also the editor of SF Prologue Wave, an online magazine run by volunteer members of the Science Fiction and ...

Russell, G Warren

(1854-1937) UK-born journalist, publisher, politician and author, in New Zealand by 1865, now remembered primarily for his controversial role in the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918, when as the government minister responsible he (correctly) allowed a passenger liner to dock in Auckland, an action which (incorrectly) was thought to have deepened the medical crisis. His only novel, A New Heaven (written circa 1902; 1919), is a Utopia set in a place called Heaven which boast advanced social ...

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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