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Spofford, Harriet Prescott

(1835-1921) US author, much of whose work was Fantasy or Supernatural Fiction [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], beginning with her first novel, Sir Rohan's Ghost: A Romance (1860) anonymous. Several tales of interest are assembled as "The Amber Beads" and Other Stories (coll 1989), its title story – "The Amber Beads" (January-February 1860 Atlantic Monthly), which is her first publication – taking the form of an exceedingly intense interior monologue on the part ...

Kinder, Stephen

(1857-1917) US railwayman and author of Dutch descent. In his sf novel, The Sabertooth: A Romance of Put-In-Bay (1902), a Wandering Jew-like survivor from the last Ice age – his Immortality seemingly caused both by the Cryogenic effect of the ice, and by his wife's curse – haunts Underground caverns beneath the eponymous Island in the northern wilds of America. Eventually he floods this warren, which has been used by smugglers to store bootleg liquor and other loot; but survives ...

University of Sydney Library

Host to one of the world's biggest institutional collections of sf and fantasy (65,000+ items); it is surprising to find such a thing in Australia, a country where sf plays only a minimal role in academic curricula. The collection is part of the Rare Books and Special Collections Library, and is publicly accessible. It was begun in 1974, and dramatically expanded in 1979 when bequeathed the huge collection of Ron Graham, the very active sf fan who had published Vision of Tomorrow (1969-1970). A ...

Bounds, Sydney J

(1920-2006) UK author, active in various fields from the late 1940s, publishing his first Horror fantasy, "Strange Portrait" in the sole issue of Outlands in Winter 1946. Some early short Space Opera in Authentic and New Worlds appeared 1953-1955 as by George C Duncan. He built a considerable (and well-respected) oeuvre of short fiction in various genres, examples of which have been assembled as The Best of Sydney J Bounds, Volume One: Strange Portrait and Other Stories (coll 2003) edited ...

Maynard, William Patrick

(1971-    ) US author who has written extensively about Sax Rohmer and his notorious Yellow Peril character Fu Manchu. He began to publish work of genre interest with the authorized Sequel by Another Hand The Terror of Fu Manchu (2009), following this novel with The Destiny of Fu Manchu (2012). Relatively little use is made of sf tropes, beyond (characteristically for this Villain) exotic means of delivering Poison. A further Fu Manchu sequel is expected. [DRL]

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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