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Coggins, Jack

(1911-2006) US illustrator of many subjects. Born in London of UK parents, he moved with his family as a child to Long Island. In due course he attended the Grand Central School of Art and the Art Students League, both in New York. During World War Two he was a war artist for Life magazine and others including Yank, The Army Weekly; from this was born the first of several collaborations with Fletcher Pratt, Fighting Ships of the U.S. Navy (graph 1941). He illustrated and cowrote with Pratt ...

Lundberg, Knud

(1920-2002) Danish athlete and author whose Near Future tale, Det olympiske håb (1955; trans Eiler Hansen and William Luscombe as The Olympic Hope: A Story from the Olympic Games, 1996 1958), suggests that the Olympics (see Games and Sports) may eventually be plagued by the use of Drugs to improve the performance of athletes. [JC]

White, Robin A

(?   -    ) US author, usually of thrillers; The Flight from Winter's Shadow (1990) is a very Near Future Technothriller in which intrigues surrounding an advanced military aircraft threaten to bring an Ecological disaster, perhaps even nuclear winter. [JC]

Orbit

1. Seminal US Original-Anthology series edited by Damon Knight. Although Orbit was not the first such series, having been preceded by Star Science Fiction Stories in the USA and New Writings in SF in the UK, it was its extraordinary early success that precipitated the boom in such series in the early 1970s. It had a more literary orientation than the sf magazines, and perhaps for this reason was especially popular with the active members of the newly formed Science Fiction Writers of America. ...

Crowens, Elizabeth

Pseudonym of an unidentified US journalist and author (?   -    ) who is of sf interest for the Time Traveler Professor sequence, beginning with Silent Meridian (2016). Set primarily in a Steampunk-inflected late-nineteenth-century Britain, it focuses on Arthur Conan Doyle, whose obsession in later life with spiritualism has been repurposed into this context. He and the narrator, a paranormal investigator, travel by Time Machine into the deep past, where ...

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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