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Flynn, Tom

(1955-2021) US humanist, journalist who edited Free Inquiry magazine from 2010 until his death, and author whose first story, "Meanwhile on the Planet Vatican" for Free Inquiry in Fall 1999, feeds directly into his Galactic Rapture/Messiah Games sequence opening with the lengthy Galactic Rapture (2000; vt Messiah Games 2018); this first volume was also repackaged with possible revisions as the trio ...

Payne, A R Middletoun

(?   -?   ) US author of a Lost Race novel, The Geral-Milco; Or, the Narrative of a Residence in a Brazilian Valley of the Sierra-Paricis (1852; vt Rambles in Brazil; Or, A Peep at the Aztecs, by One Who Has Seen Them 1854), told as a travelogue whose narrator discovers, in the Matto Grosso of Brazil, a mixed civilization of Aztecs (who had fled south after the Spanish destruction of their empire) and ...

Rutter, Owen

(1889-1944) UK soldier, publisher and author who served in World War One and whose Tiadatha sequence, a parody of The Song of Hiawatha (1855) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) beginning with The Song of Tiadatha (1919 The Balkan News as by Klip-Klip; 1919), is a book-length Parody set in and after the conflict; it contains fantasy elements. The Dragon of Kinabalu (coll ...

Wallis, Dave

(1917-1990) UK teacher (after serving with the Royal Signals during World War Two) and author of four novels. Only one is sf: the near-future Dystopian fantasy Only Lovers Left Alive (1964), in which the mass Suicide of the adult population leaves teenagers on their own in what rapidly becomes an anarchic UK. The book expressed contemporary Paranoia about scooter gangs, adolescent violence, ...

Doyle, Debra

(1952-2020) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Bad Blood" with James D Macdonald in Werewolves (anth 1988) edited by Jane Yolen and Martin H Greenberg, which was expanded into a novel Bad Blood (1993), which with its sequel Hunter's Moon (1994), both with James D Macdonald, comprises ...

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. ...

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