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Rimmer, Robert H

(1917-2001) US author who became famous with the Harrad sequence beginning with the nonfantastic The Harrad Experiment (1966), notable for its impassioned advocacy of Sex seen as almost always beneficial and liberating, regardless of the sexual orientation and number of partners involved; he also advocated less restrictive definitions of marriage, causing some of his readers in the sf field to associate his advocacies with those articulated by Robert A Heinlein in Stranger in a Strange Land ...

Verron, Robert

(?   -?   ) UK author, mostly of crime novels from around 1944 till 1964. He was responsible as well for two sf tales for children, The Point of No Return (1955), in which a species of Mutant fish threaten to take over the world, and The Day of the Dust (1964), in which Disaster strikes. [JC]

Eldridge, E D

(?   -?   ) US author of A Voyage in the Motive Ship Pelican to the North Pole, Captain Solomon, Commander (1908), in which the Airship Pelican flies to the North Pole, where in a clement enclave at least one Utopian City is discovered; the long-lived inhabitants, both black and white, enjoy advanced Technology and other benefits. [JC]

Perrin, Don

(1964-    ) Canadian author and game designer born in Germany, a former military officer; married to Margaret Weis from 1996 but later divorced. He has contributed to Weis's Dragonlance sequence and other Fantasy Role Playing Game franchises. Of sf interest is the Knights of the Black Earth/Mag Force 7 Space Opera trilogy opening with The Knights of the Black Earth (1995), all three books written with Weis (whom see for further details). [DRL] see also: Prisons; Wing ...

Blackford, Russell

(1954-    ) Australian author and critic. The best of his small output of sf may be "Glass Reptile Breakout" (in Strange Attractors, anth 1985, ed Damien Broderick), the title story of Glass Reptile Breakout (anth 1990) edited by Van Ikin, a Cyberpunk tale of self-healing teenagers. His only novel, The Tempting of the Witch King (1983), is ironic fantasy. Co-editor of Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series, Blackford has two William Atheling Jr Awards for ...

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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