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Canter, Mark

(1952-    ) US author whose Ember from the Sun (1995) combines elements of Prehistoric SF and the Lost World genre in the tale of a doctor who discovers the body of a pregnant, recently dead Neanderthal woman in Alaska, and implants the foetus in a human mother. The child, the eponymous Ember, grows up immune to cold, with paranormal (see Psi Powers) sensitivities to the world, and discovers her hidden fellows. Somewhat less effectively, Down to Heaven (1997) sets a Chinese ...

Sissons, Michael

(1934-2018) UK literary agent from 1959 until his death, initially at the A D Peters agency which after a 1988 merger became Peters, Fraser and Dunlop (PFD). In the early 1960s he edited three reprint Anthologies, that of greatest sf interest being Asleep in Armageddon: An Anthology of Science Fiction Stories (anth 1962), with tales by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Fredric Brown and further popular sf authors; it also reprints Jack London's The Scarlet Plague (1912 The London Magazine; 1915). The ...

Thompson, Ray

(?   -    ) UK author of an Young Adult sf novel, Ayron IV (1975), whose young protagonists, roaming across the eponymous planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds), find vehicular tracks that signal an Alien presence; and so it turns it out. Lessons in Xenobiology and Ecology are learned. [JC]

Stickgold, Bob

(1945-    ) US neurobiologist, psychiatrist specializing in sleep research and author, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Susie's Reality" in the UK edition of Worlds of If (see If) for May-June 1973. His first sf novel, Gloryhits (1978) with Mark Noble, deals with a Disaster following upon research in recombinant DNA, a government-funded Genetic Engineering experiment designed to create a Superman but which, administered in the form of the eponymous LSD-like ...

Ogawa Issui

(1975-    ) Pseudonymous Japanese author – real name unknown – whose early work was published as by Tomonori Kawade, commencing with "Little Star" (1994 Jump Novel), an account of life in the solar system in the twenty-second century. He dropped out of university in the year he first published under his new pen name, with Earth Guard (1997). / Much of his early work is in the ephemeral pulps known in Japanese as Light Novels: more accurately book-form ...

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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