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Laumer, Keith

(1925-1993) US author, brother of March Laumer, who used his experiences in the US armed forces and Diplomatic Corps to considerable advantage in his sf work. He served in the army 1943-1945, studied architecture and graduated with a BScArch from the University of Illinois in 1952, served in the USAF 1953-1956, and then joined the US Foreign Service. He rejoined the USAF as a captain in 1960. He began publishing sf in April 1959 with "Greylorn" for Amazing, and for more than a decade remained ...

Maitz, Don

(1953-    ) American illustrator, husband of artist and author Janny Wurts. Maitz actually began his career in sf art before graduating from the Paier School of Art in 1975, and he quickly began receiving regular assignments to paint book covers. From the start, he placed an emphasis on human figures, often in unusual positions with distinctive facial expressions; his cover for L Sprague de Camp's The Virgin & the Wheels (coll 1976), for example, offers a novel take on ...

Puni Puni Poemy

Japanese original video animation series (2001); original title Puni Puni ☆ Poemii. J.C.Staff. Directed by Shinichi Watanabe. Written by Yōsuke Kuroda. Voice cast includes Yuka Imai, Ryu Itou and Yumiko Kobayashi. Two 30-minute episodes. Colour. / After her parents and Robot dog are crucified by an Alien with odd genitals, schoolgirl Poemi Watanabe (Kobayashi) moves in with her friend Futaba Aasu (Imai) and her six sisters, known as the Defenders of Earth. The city is then ...

Comstock, Sarah

(?   -1960) US author of regional tales mostly set in South Dakota whose last novel, The Moon Is Made of Green Cheese (1929), is of sf interest for its portrait of an astronomer (see Astronomy) responsible for some controversial findings and who engages in discussions with a mentor. His friends describe this mentor as an imaginary being; the astronomer's own description, if taken literally, would define his mentor as an Alien. [JC]

Rothman, Chuck

Working name of US author Charles Warren Rothman (1952-    ), who began publishing sf with "The Munij Deserters" for Asimov's in 1982. Quarnian Dow, protagonist of his sf novel Staroamer's Fate (1986), has a Precognitive talent of uncertain value (when first encountered she is moneyless and near-desperate); this ability leads her unerringly to Earth's long-lost Generation Starship the Staroamer [sic] but fails to predict ensuing complications, once aboard, with descendants ...

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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