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The following genre-related awards receive detailed individual entries in this encyclopedia: / Aelita Award (Russia) Andre Norton Award: see Nebula. Arthur C Clarke Award (for novels) British Fantasy Award (1966-1969) BSFA Award Carnegie Medal (listing confined to winners of sufficient sf relevance to have entries in this encyclopedia) Chesley Awards (for art and illustration) Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award (for first novels) Cordwainer Smith ...

Afford, Malcolm R

(1906-1954) Australian playwright, scriptwriter and author whose novels are adventure thrillers without fantastic content. His only known sf story, "The Gland Men of the Island" (January 1931 Wonder Stories; vt "The Ho-Ming Gland" February 1933 Amazing), is a Yellow Peril tale set on a Pacific Island, where a Mad Scientist is creating Apes as Human monsters. [JC] see also: T O'Conor Sloane. /

Brebner, Percy

(1864-1922) UK author of romantic adventures, under his own name and as by Christian Lys. Early novels by Lys include The Hepsworth Millions (1898), whose hints at supernatural explanations hardly aspire to the Equipoisal, and two novels of greater interest. The Fortress of Yadasara: A Narrative Prepared from the Manuscript of Clinton Verrall, Esq. (1898 Household Words; 1899; vt The Knight of the Silver Star 1907 US as Percy Brebner) locates in the Caucasus a Lost World inhabited by a melee of ...

Tarde, Gabriel

Writing name of French sociologist Jean Gabriel de Tarde (1843-1904), whose investigations into the psychology of crowds, focusing on minute (and, as it were, epidemic) interactions among individuals defined through their membership in a group, only became influential after about 1950. His prescient sense of the nature of a twentieth century world consumed by "progress" is eloquently manifest in La Psychologie économique ["Economic Psychology"] (1902 2vols), as first quoted by Rosalind ...

Macaulay, Rose

(1881-1958) UK author of twenty-three novels from 1906, the most famous being her last, The Towers of Trebizond (1956). Some of these books – such as And No Man's Wit (1940), in which a mermaid appears – venture edgily into fantasy. Her experiences of World War One, in voluntary aid, as a land-girl, and later in the War Office, seem to have shaped Non-Combatants and Others (1916), a nonfantastic pacifist novel that was deplored in the climate of the time. What Not: A Prophetic ...

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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