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Moylan, Tom

(1943-    ) American-Irish academic, literary and cultural critic, born of Irish parents in Chicago, Illinois, he is a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; educated as an undergraduate at St. Mary's College, Winona, Minnesota, he studied for his MA and PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He taught English at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, Crawford College of Art, Cork, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. In ...

Mezo, Francine

(1935-    ) US author whose Fall of Worlds/Areia Darenga series of Space Operas, comprising The Fall of Worlds (1980), Unless She Burn (1981) and No Earthly Shore (1981), features a female Starship captain (Areia Darenga) who also serves as a warrior mercenary in Military SF adventures covering a good portion of the Galaxy. Unusually, the sequence closes firmly, with no hints of sequels, in a minor-key, Planetary Romance frame. [JC]

Payne, Paul L

(1921-1992) US editor and author, who edited Planet Stories between 1946 and 1950, and who published some Space Operas, notably The Cructars Are Coming (Summer 1952 Two Complete Science-Adventure Books; 2008 ebook), in which Martians (see Mars) are wrongly accused of causing mass deaths on Earth. [JC]

Abnett, Nik

Working name of UK author Nicola Vincent-Abnett (1964-    ), married to Dan Abnett, with whom she collaborated on two Warhammer Ties as Nik Vincent [see Checklist below]. She began publishing solo work of genre interest with "Arm Every Woman" in Crises and Conflicts (anth 2016) edited by Ian Whates. In her first non-tie novel, Savant (2016), something like a buzz of Alternate World realities destabilizes the Shield that has protected Earth from Invasion for centuries. ...

Strickland, W P

(1809-1884) US Methodist minister and author, who served as a chaplain in the American Civil War. His Lost Race tale, The Astrologer of Chaldea; Or, the Life of Faith (1855), locates its uplifting discoveries in ancient Babylonia. [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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