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Crockett, S R

(1859-1914) Scottish minister and author, who later added his middle name Rutherford; remembered primarily for a large number of novels set in the Scottish Lowlands, which established him as perhaps the least sentimental of the "Kailyard" novelists, though less well known than J M Barrie (1860-1937). Some of these tales have some supernatural elements; Mad Sir Uchtred of the Hills (1894) is a Gothic romance, and The Grey Man (1896) features a cannibal. Crockett is of some sf interest for The ...


1. US letter-size Magazine, two issues, Spring and Summer 1976, published by Gambi Publications, New York; edited by Roger Elwood. Elwood's rapidly deteriorating reputation in the sf field was only further blemished by this weak, unattractive and ill-thought-through magazine. Despite a few headline names (not all accurately spelled) – Frederik Pohl, Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven – the material was downbeat and unexceptional. Production was poor, and the covers by Frank Kelly Freas ...

Longueville, Peter

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -?   ) of The Hermit: Or, the ­Unparalled [sic] Sufferings and Surprising Adventures of Mr. Philip Quarll, an Englishman: Who was lately discovered by Mr. Dorrington a Bristol Merchant [for full title see Checklist below] (1727), a Satire on Daniel Defoe's The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner (1719). Though he creates a mercantile ecology for himself (see Robinsonade), Quarll ...

DiMarco, Jennifer

(1973-    ) US publisher and author, usually on Gender issues, who is best known for the Patriarchy sequence, beginning with Escape to the Wind (1993), set in a Post-Holocaust Seattle run by an anti-female junta. Other work includes at least two novels, Immortality (1999) and Dragon Storm (2000). Her publishing firm, Pride & Imprints, claims to release books under at least five imprints: all her books are published, under one imprint or another, by her firm; it has not ...

Costello, Matthew J

(1948-    ) US author, almost exclusively of fantasy and horror, under his own name, which is sometimes given as Matt Costello, and as by Chris Blaine and Shane Christopher; he began publishing fiction of genre interest with Sleep Tight (1987), a rather mild-mannered horror novel for Young Adult readers, and has continued in this vein prolifically. Of sf interest is the Time Warrior sequence beginning with Time Warrior #1: Time of the Fox (1990), featuring the Time Travel ...

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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