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Bass, T J

Working name of US author Thomas J Bassler (1932-2011), who began publishing sf with "Star Seeder" for If in September 1969. He was almost exclusively associated with the Hive series that comprises his only book publications, Half Past Human (December 1969 Galaxy and November 1970 If; fixup 1971) and The Godwhale (1974), itself expanded from an earlier story, "Rorqual Maru" (January 1972 Galaxy). Through a network of intricately interlinked stories, the first novel depicts a densely overcrowded ...

London, Alex

(1980-    ) US author who is of sf interest for his first series, the Young Adult Proxy sequence comprising Proxy (2013) and Guardian (2014), which is set in an undetermined venue in an unspecified Near Future City surrounded by wilderness and structured as a rigid hierarchy. The two protagonists – one a privileged Patron and one a Proxy who must submit to all the penalties incurred by his "twin" (see Crime and Punishment; Doppelganger; Slavery) – find themselves ...

Easton, Edward

Pseudonym of US author Edward P Malerich (1940-    ), author of The Miscast Gentleman (1978), a mildly intriguing Time-Travel tale whose protagonist is transported in adventures in Elizabethan England; and The Pirate of Hitchfield (1978), which similarly transports its protagonist into the seventeenth century, where he becomes involved with pirates. [JC]

Cook, Robin

Working name of UK author Robert William Arthur Cook (1931-1994), resident for some years in France (in order, he intimated, to put distance between himself and gangland acquaintances), where he became well-known for noir thrillers written as by Derek Raymond, taking that name perhaps because other Robin Cooks – the author Robin Cook, see entry below, and the British politician Robin Cook (1946-2005) – had effectively taken over his name; he returned to the UK a year or so before ...

Fancher, Jane S

(1952-    ) US author who began publishing genre material with two Graphic Novels based on the work of C J Cherryh: Gate of Ivrel: Claiming Rites (graph 1987) and Gate of Ivrel: Fever Dreams (graph 1988). Fancher was credited with artwork on #13-#16 of the Elfquest comic-book series by Wendy and Richard Pini, published by Donning's Starblaze imprint; her name was removed from the credits of the revised graphic-novel version issued by Marvel Epic. On her own, Fancher wrote ...

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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