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Smith, E E

(1890-1965) US food chemist specializing in doughnut mixes, and author, often called the "Father of Space Opera"; because Hugo Gernsback appended "PhD" to Smith's name for his contributions to Amazing from 1928, he also became known as "Doc" Smith. Greatly influential in US Pulp-magazine sf between 1928 and about 1945, he found his reputation fading somewhat after the end of World War Two, when it seemed the dream-like simplicities of his world-view could no longer attract the modern reader of ...

Pomerleau, Luc

(1955-    ) French-speaking Canadian physics graduate, technical translator, editor of the French-language Quebec sf magazine Solaris since 1986, and sf and comics critic. He wrote the section on Francophone sf in the Canada entry of this encyclopedia's second edition. [PN]

Goble, Warwick

(1862-1943) UK artist, the foremost illustrator of sf in the pages of Pearson's Magazine and Pearson's Weekly 1896-1903. He contributed 66 illustrations to the latter's original serialization of The War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson's Weekly; 1898; with epilogue cut 1898) by H G Wells. Other work appeared in The Strand Magazine and Boys' Own Paper (see Boys' Papers) Goble also illustrated several sf and fantasy stories by George Griffith and Fred M White, as well as the Lost-Race ...

Kress, Nancy

(1948-    ) US author, married to Charles Sheffield from 1998 until his death in 2002 and married to Jack Skillingstead from 2011; she also writes as by Anna Kendall. She began publishing sf with "The Earth Dwellers" for Galaxy in December 1976, though her first novels were fantasies like The Prince of Morning Bells (1981), a quest tale during which, surprisingly, the young princess involved ages into an old woman before the close, and The Golden Grove (1984), which, again ...

Bradford, J S

(?   -?   ) UK author of Even a Worm (1936), a novel similar in content to Arthur Machen's The Terror: A Fantasy (1917; rev 1927): the animal kingdom revolts against humanity's rule. What merit it has is diminished by the concluding Clichéd rationalization of the story as being just a game-hunter's nightmare. [JE]

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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