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Wyle, Karen A

(?   -    ) US lawyer and author whose Twin-Bred sequence, beginning with Twin-Bred (2010; rev 2014), examines in some detail the interspecies complications following First Contact between Homo sapiens and the hermaphroditic inhabitants of a planet which the former hope to colonize peacefully (see Colonization of Other Worlds). Attempts to bond the two species through an artificially-induced breeding of twins (one twin of each species) have ambiguous results. ...

Betty Boop

US animated film shorts (1930-1939). Fleischer Studios. Created by Max Fleischer. Directed by Dave Fleischer. Animators include Willard Bowsky, Roland Crandall, Grim Natwick and Myron Waldman. Betty's voice actors include Margie Hines, Little Ann Little, Bonnie Poe and Mae Questel. In this period Betty Boop featured in 89 short films, including cameos; this excludes Yip Yip Yippy (1939), advertised as a Betty Boop film, in which she does not appear. Shorts of circa 6-7 minutes. Black and white, ...

Rolfe, Frederick

(1860-1913) UK author and eccentric, known as much for claiming the name Baron Corvo as for his writing. The nine Reviews of Unwritten Books (February-June 1903 The Monthly Review; plus one added piece December 1904 Gentleman's Magazine; coll 1985-1988 4vols each chap) with Sholto Douglas are an early articulation of the concept of Alternate History, if only in a nonfiction format (one of the reviews, for instance, being of "Machiavelli's Despatches from the South African Campaign"). Hubert's ...

Coon, Susan

Pseudonym of US author Susan Plunkett (1945-    ), author under her own name of several romance novels, including contributions to Jove Books's Time Passages multi-author sequence of Timeslip and Time Travel romances; as Coon, she wrote the Living Planet sequence – comprising Rahne (1980), Cassilee (1980), The Virgin (1981) and Chiy-Une (1982) – which skids rather loosely about a Galactic-Empire setting, only to terminate in an abrupt and complicated ...

Storey, Anthony

(1928-    ) UK author – born Anthony Story, although he and other family members mostly used the alternative spelling Storey – formerly a rugby player, and brother of the playwright and novelist David Storey (1933-2017). His Satire-drenched Messiah trilogy – comprising The Rector (1970), The Centre Holds (1973) and The Saviour (1978) – deals with the traumas surrounding the announced birth of a child its mother claims to be the Messiah, and the ...

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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