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Morton, H V

(1892-1979) UK journalist from 1910 and author, in South Africa from 1947; best known for his many travel books, beginning with The Heart of London (1926). He is of sf interest for I, James Blunt (1942 chap), a Hitler Wins tale set in the near Near Future, and comprising the eponym's extremely grim diary in which he recounts the consequences of the German Invasion of England. [JC]

Pilkington, Ace G

(1951-2019) US academic – professor of English and history at Dixie State University, St George, Utah – and sf poet and critic who began to publish work of genre interest with the poem "One Translation of Odysseus" for Amazing Stories in July 1986; several further poems appeared in later issues of this magazine and in such venues as Asimov's and Weird Tales. Pilkington's critical works are The Fantastic Made Visible: Essays on the Adaptation of Science Fiction and Fantasy from Page ...

Amosov, N

(1913-2002) Russian surgeon – a pioneer of open-heart surgery in the Soviet Union – and author. In his sf novel Zapiski iz budushchego (1965 Nauka i Zhizn; 1967; trans George St George as Notes from the Future 1970 US as by N Amosoff) a frozen sleeper awakens to 1991 (see Sleeper Awakes), where he is cured of leukaemia and reflects somewhat heavily upon the nature of the world of 1991 he has come into, where Immortality has become a possibility. [JC] see also: Cryonics. /

Schroeder, Karl

(1962-    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Pools of Air" in Tesseracts3 (anth 1990) edited by Candas Jane Dorsey and Gerry Truscott, collecting some of his short fiction in The Engine of Recall (coll 2005). The Claus Effect (coll 1997) with David Nickle is a surprisingly savage Satire on the Near Future world, Equipoisally combining fantasy and sf (see Horror in SF); in the first section of the tale, "The Toy Mill" (in Tesseracts4, anth ...

Kinvig

UK tv series (1981). London Weekend Television. Created and written by Nigel Kneale. Produced and directed by Les Chatfield. Cast includes Prunella Gee, Tony Haygarth, Colin Jeavons and Patsy Rowlands. Seven 25-minute episodes. Colour. / This most recent of Kneale's many sf plays and series for television was a sitcom, fuelled apparently by a certain animus against sf Fandom, about two lunatic fans living seedy urban lives, one of whom (Haygarth) has a fat wife (Rowlands) and a fat dog, and ...

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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