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Morgan, J O

(1978-    ) Scottish poet and author, all of whose poetry has comprised book-length narratives, sometimes multi-voiced, sometimes linear, beginning with Natural Mechanical: Being a Rendering of the True Life Stories of Iain Seoras Rockliffe (2009 chap). Of most direct sf interest is the seventh of these tales, The Martian's Regress (2020), set in an unspecified but moderately distant Near Future, which is set in the distant future at some point after Earth has been made ...

Zola, Émile

(1840-1902) French author whose long and intense Rougon-Macquart sequence of Naturalist novels (1871-1893) includes tales like Nana (1880; trans E A Vizetelly 1884), for which he was once notorious. Zola is of sf interest for Vérité (1903 2vols; trans E A Vizetelly as Truth 1903), the third instalment of his unfinished Les Quatre Évangiles ["The Four Evangelists"] quartet, which was planned to espouse a kind of Tolstoyan socialism. The action in Truth extends through the ...

Mohs, Mayo

(1934-1996) US editor of the Religion-themed sf anthology Other Worlds, Other Gods: Adventures in Religious Science Fiction (anth 1971; vt Other Worlds, Other Gods 1974), introduced by himself and featuring stories by Anthony Boucher, John Brunner, Arthur C Clarke, Philip José Farmer and others, plus a poem by Ray Bradbury. [DRL]

SF Digest

UK small A4-size magazine. One undated issue, (June) 1976, published by New English Library; edited by Julie Davis. SF Digest was to have been a quarterly successor to Science Fiction Monthly, but was doomed even before its single issue appeared by the publisher's decision to concentrate on books rather than magazines. SF Digest's format was superior to that of the inconveniently oversized Science Fiction Monthly. It featured stories by Brian W Aldiss, Michael G Coney, Rachel Pollack and Robert ...

British Fantasy Award

1. Sf Award (1966-1967), the predecessor of the BSFA Award. This short-lived award was sponsored by the British Science Fiction Association and took the form of a shield initially presented "to the person or organization which, in the voted opinion of the Association, has made the best contribution to speculative fiction in the preceding calendar year". Nominations were solicited from BSFA members and an adjudicating committee chose the winner from a shortlist of the most popular nominees. The ...

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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