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Thomas, D M

(1935-2023) UK poet and author who made use of sf themes most explicitly in such early Poetry as "The Head-Rape" in New Worlds for March 1968 and the two-part "Computer 70: Dreams & Lovepoems" (March-April 1970 New Worlds), a sequence assembled with other poetry of interest in Logan Stone (coll 1970); or the later "S. F." (in The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, anth ...

Sobol, Ken

(1938-2010) US author and screenwriter, in Canada from 1974 onwards. Sobol is probably best known for his numerous scripts for animated and live-action Television programmes. These include contributions to the short animated feature A Cosmic Christmas (1977) for Nelvana/Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a fable in which a boy encounters three visitors from outer space who seek the meaning of Christmas; Sobol's book adaptation is ...

Vopěnka, Martin

(1963-    ) Czech publisher and author, active from about 1989, whose Pátý Rozmeř (2009; trans Hana Sklenkova as The Fifth Dimension 2015) is an example of Fantastika whose incorporation of sf elements achieves a bleakly deliberated abstractness that removes the text very far from Genre SF, or indeed from the tale of political/cultural ...

Edwards, Nicky

(1958-    ) The author – perhaps UK – of Stealing Time (1990), set in a Dystopia whose protagonists' sabotage of an invidious system is examined from a lesbian standpoint (see Gender). [JC]

Reinsmith, Richard

Working name of US author Richard Rein Smith (1930-    ), who has apparently written many sf novels under various pseudonyms, including the sf adventure Starbright (1983) as by Damon Castle, plus erotic novels (see Sex) as by Ann Taylor, and perhaps others, including Gothics as by Diana Tower; further pseudonyms remain almost certainly unrevealed. As Reinsmith he wrote The Savage Stars (1981), in which, after their ...

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. ...

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