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Rogers, Wayne

Pseudonym of US journalist and editor Archibald Bittner (1897-1966), who edited The Argosy from 9 June 1928 to 1931 under his own name; as Rogers (at some point he probably changed his name legally to Wayne Rogers) he was active in the Pulp magazines from 1932, beginning with "Yellow Treasure" for Thrilling Adventures in May 1932; he also wrote some stories as by Conrad Kimball. He may now be best known for his novel-length contributions to the long Spider sequence of sf-inflected stories (see ...


US Semiprozine, Fall 1993 to #8 (undated 1998), initially quarterly but with a two-year gap before the final issue #8 in Spring 1988, trade paperback format, edited and published by Bryan Cholfin from Cambridge, Massachusetts. / The uncompromising style of Cholfin's Broken Mirrors Press (which has published worthy though uncommercial projects by writers such as David R Bunch and R A Lafferty) informed this attractive Small Press fiction quarterly, which enjoyed a remarkably high level of ...

Johnston, Paul

(1957-    ) Scottish author, partially resident in Greece, whose noirish Quint Dalrymple sequence – comprising Body Politic (1997), The Bone Yard (1998), Water of Death (1999), The Blood Tree (2000), The House of Dust (2001), Heads or Hearts (2015), Skeleton Blues (2016) and Impolitic Corpses (2019) – is a series of detections set in the Edinburgh of the 2020s, which has become a City-state, as has Glasgow, Europe having been balkanized by internal conflicts and ...


Film (1981). NEF-Diffusion/Stella/Antenne 2/Gibe/Telecip. Directed by Christian de Chalonge. Written by de Chalonge, Pierre Dumayet, based on Malevil (1972; trans 1974) by Robert Merle. Cast includes Robert Dhéry, Jacques Dutronc, Michel Serrault, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Jacques Villeret. 119 minutes. Colour. / This moderately lavish Franco-German Post-Holocaust movie reinforces the sentimental aspects of its good source novel. The Bomb goes off while the vintage is being tasted ...

Magee, Rufus

(1845-1929) US politician and author tentatively identified as having written The Battle of the Moy; Or, How Ireland Gained Her Independence 1892-1894 (1883), published anonymously in America and the UK. The novel depicts a Near Future European war, during the course of which Ireland gains her independence from Britain. The identification with Magee is based on bibliographical evidence from L W Currey. [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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