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Hussingtree, Martin

Pseudonym of UK politician and author Oliver Ridsdale Baldwin (1899-1958), son of the British politician and prime minister Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947); his pseudonym is taken from Martin Hussingtree, a small village in Worcestershire not far from the Baldwin family ironworks factory in Wilden. Baldwin's experiences during active service in World War One were devastating, avowedly created a socialist out of him, and almost certainly shaped his sf novel, Konyetz (1924) (the title means "end" or ...

Dobson, Jill

(1969-    ) UK-born Australian author whose first novel, The Inheritors (1988) is Young Adult Post-Holocaust tale set within a protective dome after a nuclear War; her second novel of genre interest, A Journey to Distant Mountains (2001), is fantasy. [JC]

Hartlib, Samuel

(circa 1600-1662) Polish-born scientist, chemist and author, in the UK from about 1628. Hartlib was long assumed to be the author of an anonymous Royalist Utopia: A Description of the Famous Kingdome of Macaria; Shewing its Excellent Government: wherein the Inhabitants Live in Great Prosperity, Health and Happiness; The King Obeyed, the Nobles Honoured, and All good Men Respected, Vice Punished, and Virtue Rewarded. An Example to Other Nations. In a Dialogue Between a Schollar and a Traveller ...


A once common item of sf Terminology, being an acronym of Bug-Eyed Monster and referring to the type of Alien creature, usually menacing, which was regularly pictured on the covers of SF Magazines in the 1930s and 1940s. [PN] see also: Monsters. /

Lynn, David

(?   -    ) New Zealand-born author, apparently in UK from adulthood, most active in the 1940s; his sf novel, The Benevolent Despot (1945 chap), depicts a Near Future Britain, here called Hignorania, which, plausibly enough, uses Nuclear Energy for power; the tale heralds the institution of a good-tempered Utopia under the eponymous leader. [JC]

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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