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US Original-Anthology series published by Ballantine Books, edited by Judy-Lynn del Rey, who see for full publication details. The first issue was simply entitled Stellar (anth 1974); the titles of subsequent issues were expanded on the model of the second, Stellar Science-Fiction Stories #2 (anth 1976), and continued, roughly annually, until Stellar Science-Fiction Stories #7 (anth 1981). An associated book was Stellar Short Novels (anth 1976), also edited by del Rey. As the title suggests, ...

Stratford, Jordan

(?   -?   ) Canadian author whose interest in "fringe" Religion seems not directly to impact upon his long involvement with Steampunk as a way of seeing the world with joy and engagement. He is of sf interest for the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series beginning with The Case of the Missing Moonstone (2015), featuring Mary Shelley (the agency being named after her mother) and Ada Lovelace. The sequence, written for the younger edge of the Young Adult market, ...

Croft, Herbert

(1751-1816) UK barrister, lexicographer and author, best known for a nonfantastic roman à clef, Love and Madness (1780). He is of sf interest for the Kilkhampton series of Satirical sketches beginning with The Abbey of Kilkhampton; Or, Monumental Records for the Year 1980 (1780) [for further details see Checklist below]. Not specifically tied to this sequence, The Wreck of Westminster Abbey, Alias the Year 2000 (1788 chap) [for subtitle see Checklist below] continues in the same vein. ...

Mills, Elliott E

(1881-1956) UK educationist and author Elliott Evans Mills, whose The Decline and Fall of the British Empire [for subtitle see Checklist] (1905 chap), published anonymously, is a future history designated for use in the National Schools of Japan in 2005 (see Ruins and Futurity). His Sleeper Awakes Satire, The Further Surprising Adventures of Lemuel Gulliver (First a Surgeon and Then Captain of Several Ships) in Topsy-Turvy Isle (1906 chap) as by Vivian Grey, is a Sequel by Another Hand in which ...

Sinclair, Iain

(1943-    ) UK bookseller (retired), poet and author whose fiction is better described as Fantastika than as sf proper, just as the work of his main American mentor, William S Burroughs can be so designated. Studies and mythopoetic explorations of London, comprising a large body of fiction and nonfiction, have provided Sinclair with a central focus from the beginning of his career. Lud Heat: A Book of the Dead Hamlets (1975), a narrative prose-poem which fabricates a ...

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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