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Skinner, Martyn

(1906-1993) UK poet whose first published book, Sir Elfadore and Mabyna: a Poem in Four Cantos (1935 chap) anonymous, is an archaized romance set in Faerie. He remains best known for the three volumes of Letters to Malaya (coll 1941 chap, coll 1943 chap and coll 1947 chap), though his most ambitious works were two long narrative poems. The Return of Arthur sequence – comprising Merlin; Or, the Return of Arthur: A Satiric Epic (1951 chap), The Return of Arthur: A Poem of the Future (1955) ...

Greenberger, Robert

(1958-    ) US editor and author of a number of Star Trek Ties. Most of his work fits into the Star Trek: The Next Generation sub-universe, beginning with Star Trek, The Next Generation: Doomsday World (1990) with Carmen Carter, Peter David and Michael Jan Friedman; Star Trek, The Next Generation: A Time to Love (2004) was as Bob Greenberger. The Disinherited (1992) with Peter David and Michael Jan Friedman is tied to the original Star Trek sequence. In the Star Trek: Deep ...

Bray, John Francis

(1809-1897) US author, in the UK 1822-1842; he published several economic tracts, some of them radical, like his first, Labour's Wrongs and Labour's Remedy (1839). Of sf interest is A Voyage from Utopia to Several Unknown Regions of the World: by Yarbfg: Translated from the American (written 1841-1842; 1957), which anticipated William Dean Howells's technique of presenting the views of a visitor from the Utopia, which is located in an unknown Archipelago. The narrator visits various civilized ...

Siburt, Ruth

(1951-    ) US author for the Young Adult market; of sf interest among her works is Dragon Charmer (1996 chap), set in a Near Future world where pets are prohibited. The young protagonist, however, finds herself in charge of a baby dragon (see Supernatural Creatures). All ends well. [JC]

Costello, Frederick H

(1851-1921) US author of the Prehistoric SF novel Sure-Dart: A Story of Strange Hunters and Stranger Game in the Days of Monsters (1909), set at a time when eastern Colorado was an inland sea, and human boys hunted dinosaurs (see Scientific Errors). [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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