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James, R M

(?   -    ) US author, female, whose Sorrows sequence beginning with Hear Me Scream (2013) depicts a Near Future America after economic collapse and plague, in the wake of which Mutants appear, but must struggle against savage opposition in order to establish themselves as a step in Evolution. The history of Slavery in pre-Civil War America underlies much of the action. [JC]


Canadian Fanzine (1970-1973; 1981) edited from Toronto, Ontario, by Mike Glicksohn (1946-2011) and Susan Wood. Sixteen issues, initially February 1970 to May 1973, with a final "revival" issue in September 1981. Though printed on a duplicator, in common with most fanzines of its day, Energumen was noted for the quality of its appearance and attracted original illustrations from many fan and sf artists, including Alicia Austin, Tim Kirk, Jack Gaughan and Vincent Di Fate. The written material ...

Balmer, Edwin

(1883-1959) US author and editor, trained as an engineer, who wrote in a variety of genres and edited (1927-1949) the magazine Red Book, which occasionally published sf; his first novel, Waylaid by Wireless: A Suspicion, a Warning, a Sporting Proposition, and a Transatlantic Pursuit (1909), verges on sf; more interestingly, with his brother-in-law William MacHarg, he soon published The Achievements of Luther Trant (coll 1910), a series of nine detective stories with borderline sf elements, ...

10 Story Fantasy

US Pulp magazine. One issue, Spring 1951, published by Avon Periodicals, edited by Donald A Wollheim. Despite the title, 10 Story Fantasy had thirteen stories, but three of these were novelettes. It featured work by several eminent authors – John Beynon (John Wyndham), L Sprague de Camp, Lester del Rey, Fritz Leiber, C M Kornbluth, Kris Neville and A E van Vogt – but is now best remembered for publishing Arthur C Clarke's "Sentinel of Eternity" (vt "The Sentinel" in Expedition to ...

Hay, John

Working name of Australian author and farmer John Warwick Dalrymple-Hay (1928-    ). In his sf novel, The Invasion (1968), World War Three begins after a US test missile devastates China, whose retaliation includes a nuclear attack on the coastal cities of Australia. Inland survivors band together to resist the invaders. [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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