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Stuart, Gordon

House Name used by the Chicago publishers Reilly and Lee, later Reilly and Britton Company, for the Boy Scouts of the Air series of Airship Boys/Airplane Boys novels to which H Bedford-Jones contributed three volumes under this pseudonym and Harry Lincoln Sayler five. [DRL]

Vaughan, Ralph E

(1954-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Nighttime" in Etchings & Odysseys for December 1986. He has spent most of his subsequent career adding to the Cthulhu Mythos as adumbrated (but not created) by H P Lovecraft, through his Sherlock Holmes in the Cthulhu Mythos Adventures beginning with a novella, Sherlock Holmes in the Adventure of the Ancient Gods (1990 chap) (see Sherlock Holmes). Most of the ensuing tales, including this title, were ...

Moore, Patrick

Working name of UK astronomer, scientific journalist, composer and author Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore (1923-2012), a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society from 1945, best-known over more than half a century for his work as a popular television personality; he presented the BBC television series The Sky at Night from its April 1957 launch until his death, missing only one episode (July 2004) through illness. Moore wrote over 100 nonfiction books, mainly on astronomy. Of sf interest are his ...

Jones, Terry

(1942-2020) Welsh actor, comedian, screenwriter, film director and author (of historical as well as comic work) who after appearing in several earlier UK Television comedy series came to considerable prominence as a key member of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974) and was associated with many subsequent Python-team enterprises and performances. In Cinema, he was co-director with Terry Gilliam of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) and solo director of Monty Python's Life of Brian ...

Galactic Empires

In The Universe Makers (1971) Donald A Wollheim attempts to distil from the range of futuristic visions presented by magazine sf a basic pattern – a "cosmogony of the future" – in which stages three to five (there are eight in all) describe "the rise and fall of the Galactic Empire", which is thus enshrined as the central myth of Genre SF. ("Empire" is here used with a general, almost metaphorical meaning, rather than in its politically definitive sense.) The galactic empire was a ...

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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