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Baker, Kage

(1952-2010) US author who was born Mary Kate Genevieve Baker but had legally changed her name to Kage Baker by the age of twenty; she worked in insurance and the theatre before publishing In the Garden of Iden (1997; vt In the Garden of Iden: A Novel of the Company 1998), the first in the series of Company or Dr Zeus stories, which occupied most of her career. The sequence, whose implications gradually darkened, focuses on the actions of a cadre of twenty-fourth-century agents (see Time Police) ...

Holmes, Robert

(1926-1986) UK scriptwriter, editor and author, best known for his contributions in these capacities to the Doctor Who universe, including "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" (1977 6 parts), which despite its alleged Yellow Peril racism is generally recognized to be one of the best Doctor Who tales; in adapted form it was published as Doctor Who: The Scripts: The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1989); he also published another Tie, Doctor Who – The Two Doctors (1985), adapted from his own 1985 script. ...

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins

(1860-1935) US editor, author and lecturer, and an important figure in the history of US Feminism; daughter of Frederick B Perkins; partner in the 1890s of Adeline Knapp. Although by no means negligible – she published almost 200 short stories plus longer works, many of them inherently interesting – much of her later fiction was clearly shaped to promulgate a copious flow of radical thought. However, her first story, The Yellow Wall Paper (January 1892 New England Magazine; 1899 ...

Williams, Tad

Working name of US author Robert Paul Williams (1957-    ), almost all of whose work has been fantasy, including his first novel, Tailchaser's Song (1985), and whose most influential work is the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn sequence comprising The Dragonbone Chair (1988), Stone of Farewell (1990) and To Green Angel Tower (1993; vt in 2 vols Siege 1994 UK and Storm 1994 UK), which is Fantasy [for this aspect of Tad Williams's work, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links ...

Baker, Henry

(1698-1774) Naturalist and early microscopist, one of the founders of the Society of Arts in 1754; the father-in-law of Daniel Defoe. He was the author of an epic poem, The Universe (1727), the subtitle of which proclaims its intended aim "to restrain the pride of Man". This is something Baker attempts by striving repeatedly for what we might call a Sense of Wonder ("Amazing Thought! What Mortal can conceive!") occasioned by the enormity of his subject (see Cosmology). The poem finds life ...

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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