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de Beauvoir, Simone

(1908-1986) French author, famous for a wide variety of work, whose only sf novel, Tous les hommes son mortels (1946; trans Leonard M Friedman as All Men Are Mortal 1955), examines the dilemmas of Immortality as experienced by the protagonist of the book, who becomes deathless in the thirteenth century, and retrospectively – from a contemporary point of view – makes a case for regretting his condition. [JC]

Powlik, James

(?   -    ) Canadian oceanographer and author, whose first novel, Sea Change (1999), sees the oceans threatened by mutated micro-organisms (see Horror in SF; Mutants); second tale dealing with the threatened oceans of the world, Meltdown (2000), is a Technothriller in which a source of deadly radiation under the Arctic may bring about cataclysmic Climate Change. [JC]

Johannesson, Olof

Pseudonym of Swedish plasma physicist and author Hannes Olof Gosta Alfvén (1908-1995), winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize for Physics, which may have surprised some of his more conventional colleagues as he had been for many years thought of as a maverick. His Scientific Romance, Sagan om den stora datamaskinen (1966; trans Naomi Walford as The Big Computer: A Vision 1968; vt The Tale of the Big Computer: A Vision 1968; vt The End of Man? 1969), a Future History of Earth by a Computer (or ...

Howard, Linda

Pseudonym of US author Linda S Howington (1950-    ) of an sf tale, Killing Time (2005) – not to be confused with novels with the same title Thomas Berger, Donald Westlake and others – in which a time capsule, not to be opened until 2085, is in fact opened in 2005, with Near Future thriller implications, as violent deaths ensue. [JC]

Paton, John

Pseudonym of UK author Frederick John Alford Bateman (1921-2004), whose unremarkable Space Operas for Robert Hale Limited comprise Leap to the Galactic Core (1978), Proteus (1978) and The Sea of Rings (1979). [JC]

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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