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Arthur C Clarke Award

This award has been given since 1987 for the best sf novel whose UK first edition was published during the previous calendar year, and consists of an inscribed bookend and a sum of money from a grant initially donated by Arthur C Clarke. In 2001 the prize money – until then a constant £1000 – was increased to £2001 as a gesture to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); it has since risen by ...

Miles, Patricia

(1930-    ) UK author for children's and Young Adult markets, some of whose work is of sf interest, including The Gods in Winter (1978), an Equipoisal tale whose young protagonists, who live in a scientific research establishment with their parents, witness an incursion of ancient gods; Lowther Hall (1981) and Mind Pirates (1983) share a similar graceful gravity of ...

Discworld [series]

Bestselling comic Fantasy Series which is central to the popularity of Terry Pratchett (see his entry for further discussion). The Discworld setting is a flat world (see Flat Earth) supported by four elephants standing atop a giant spacegoing turtle, this whole ensemble complicatedly orbited by the local sun and moon. Beginning with broad ...

Boyd, John

Pseudonym of Boyd Bradfield Upchurch (1919-2013), US sf author employed 1947-1971 as a production manager and salesman for the Star Engraving Company, and active in the sf field for a decade following publication of his first novel, The Last Starship From Earth (1968), during which period he published thirteen novels and just one short sf story, "The Girl and the Dolphin" (March 1973 Galaxy). The Last Starship From Earth, which received ...

Fyne, Neal

A probable pseudonym of an unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) known only for a Lost World tale, The Land of the Living Dead: A Narrative of the Perilous Sojourn There of George Cowper, Mariner, in the Year 1835 (1897), set on an uncharted Island ruled by a tyrant – the Mighty Justin – who controls his subjects by possession of the antidote to 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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...



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