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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Hill, Headon

Pseudonym of UK journalist and author Francis Edward Grainger (1857-1927), who mostly wrote nonfantastic thrillers and police procedurals. The Spies of the Wight (1899), which describes a threatened Invasion of England, edges into the very Near Future; the novel-length title story assembled in Seaward for the Foe (coll 1903) is a Future War tale in which England is pitted ...

Judd, Cyril

Pseudonym used by C M Kornbluth and Judith Merril (both of whom see for further details) for their two collaborative novels: Outpost Mars (May-July 1951 Galaxy as "Mars Child"; 1952; rev vt Sin in Space 1961) and Gunner Cade (March-May 1952 Astounding; 1952). [BS]

Olsen, Geir Arne

(1957-1990) Norwegian underground author, artist and political philosopher, better known under his pen-names Leonard Borgzinner and Leon Latex; his varied works include short stories of a high literary quality, essays on Samuel R Delany and Harlan Ellison, articles on technology versus ecology, punk rock from The Velvet Underground to The Clash, et cetera. Acclaimed editor since his early teens, ...

Sommerfeld, Adolf

(1870-1943) German journalist and author of a Future War novel, Frankreichs Ende im Jahre 19?? (1912; rev 1914; trans Louis G Redmont as How Germany Crushed France: (The Story of the Greatest Conspiracy in History) 1915), in which Germany, trusting safely in the neutrality of Britain and Russia, utterly defeats France in a very Near Future 1915. / Sommerfeld should ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...



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