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Herbert, Frank

(1920-1986) US author born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle; he was Brian Herbert's father. Herbert worked as a reporter and editor on a number of West Coast newspapers before becoming a full-time writer. He lived in Washington State. / He began publishing sf with "Looking for Something?" for Startling Stories in April 1952, and during the next decade was an infrequent contributor to the sf magazines, producing fewer than twenty short stories ...

Ableman, Paul

(1927-2006) UK author and playwright who remains best-known for his first, non-fantastic novel, I Hear Voices (1958), though his first work of sf interest – "The Prophet Mackenbee" for Lucifer in 1952, about an sf author who surrounds himself with disciples in an absurd world – came earlier. The Twilight of the Vilp (1969) is not so much sf proper as an informed and sophisticated playing with the conventions of the genre in a Fabulation about the author of a work and his relation to ...

Kelly, John

(?   -?   ) South African author of a Future War tale, The Coming Revolt of the Transvaal (1891 chap), in which England invades South Africa in 1894. [JC]

Hatch, Richard

(1945-2017) US actor, best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979) series, and author of several Ties to the Battlestar Galactica universe, beginning with Battlestar Galactica: Armageddon (1997) with Christopher Golden; his other collaborators include Brad Linaweaver, Alan Rodgers and Stan Timmons. [JC]

Adams, Samuel Hopkins

(1871-1958) US author, prolific and popular author of novels and screenplays – It Happened One Night (1934) was based on one of his stories; he also wrote as Warner Fabian. His contribution to the Percy Darrow sequence, The Mystery (1907) with Stewart Edward White, is a complicated tale set on a ship found at sea with no crew aboard, supplying an sf explanation for their disappearance: a new radioactive Element called "celestium" has induced them to jump overboard. The sequel, The Sign at ...

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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