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Maurois, André

Initially the pseudonym of prolific French man of letters and author Émile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog (1885-1967), who took the name from a village he visited during active service in World War One; in 1947 he took it as his legal name. He was best known outside of France for his romantic biographies and other nonfiction, though his first work, "La dernière histoire du monde" ["The Final History of the World"] (1903) as by Émile Herzog, was sf – included much later in ...

Miller, Jimmy

Working name of US author born Jane Curley (?   -    ), married to Warren Miller from 1958 until his death. The Big Win (1969) is a noisy but sometimes effective Post-Holocaust quest story which moves eventually into space, as the protagonists search for the Chinese war criminal who caused the manufactured Pandemic that has decimated the rest of the world. Though not essentially an sf novel, her Some Parts in the Single Life (1970) moves into a shattering Near ...

Fahy, Casey

(1962-    ) US author, mostly of nonfiction pieces on the film published online; of his two novels, The Bot Story (2001), about furry Aliens searching for their roots, is of moderate interest. (The implications of the titular use of a term usually applied to robots or computer applications may be inadvertent.) [JC]

Thompson, Vance

(1863-1925) US literary critic and author in various genres (including early twentieth-century nutritionism). The Carnival of Destiny (coll of linked stories 1916) depicts a sequence of Reincarnations in terms of fantasy; The Scarlet Iris (1924; vt The Tarnished Woman 1924) is supernatural horror; and The Green Ray (November 1922-March 1923 Munsey's as "The Man of the Miracle"; 1924) is hoax rather than sf, except for some ambivalence surrounding a Black man bleached white and unpleasantly made ...


Videogame (1980). Williams Electronics (WE). Designed by Eugene Jarvis, Larry DeMar. Platforms: Arcade, Others. / Defender is a two-dimensional arcade game (see Videogames) in which the player flies a small spaceship over a planet, defending the humanoids who live on its surface from various types of invading Aliens. The main display scrolls horizontally across the planetary surface to keep the player in the centre of the screen, while an overview of the whole world is shown at the top 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, 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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