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Kane, Wilson

A House Name used by Ziff-Davis on four stories 1958-1959 in Amazing and Fantastic; at least one, "Hungarian Rhapsody" (June 1958 Fantastic), was by Robert Bloch. [PN]

Honig, Michael

(?   -    ) UK doctor and author whose first novel, Goldblatt's Descent (2013), is a nonfantastic satire on the medical profession. Honig is of sf interest for The Senility of Vladimir P (2016), which though set in the Near Future clearly focuses its Satire on Vladimir Putin's regime in Russia. The tale takes place in a dacha (see Keep) where the aged P prates on about his years of tyrannical rule, conveying a sharp sense of the grotesqueness of power (see ...

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 £1 annually to reflect the year. The announced shortlist and the subsequent winner ...

Clement, Hal

Working name used for his sf by US author Harry Clement Stubbs (1922-2003); he used his full name for science articles, and painted as George Richard. He held degrees in astronomy, chemistry and education, and was long employed as a high-school science teacher. His first books were very well received; he fell out of favour in his middle years, but his last decades saw him enjoy an Indian summer. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1998, and was given the SFWA Grand Master ...

Bynum, Laura

(1968-    ) US author of the Near Future Dystopian Veracity (2009 ebook), set in a post-Disaster world dominated by a right-wing male tyranny known as the Confederation of the Willing, whose control over the lives of its oppressed citizens focuses particularly on women (see Feminism; Women in SF). The Confederation's obsessional control over even uttering a forbidden word – an implanted chip, when a forbidden word is spoken, gives the offender an electrical shock ...

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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