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Schneider, John G

(1909-1964) US author whose borderline-sf Satire, The Golden Kazoo (1956), which anatomizes the Madison Avenue nature of the (Near-Future) 1960 presidential election, which he saw as foolishly Computer-dominated. [JC]

Libertarian SF

A political movement (see Politics) originating in and largely confined to the USA, libertarianism is a form of anarchism – or "minarchism", the desire for an extremely limited state – which emphasizes (nonviolent) competition rather than the voluntary cooperation proposed by the older strand of anarchist thinking, as exemplified by the writings of such theorists as Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921) or, in the sf field, by Ursula K ...

Woodruff and the Schnibble of Azimuth

Videogame (1994; vt The Bizarre Adventures of Woodruff and the Schnibble in the US). Coktel Vision (CV). Designed by Muriel Tramis, Stéphane Fournier, Pierre Gilhodes. Platforms: Win. / Woodruff is a graphical Adventure with the ambience of a satirical cartoon. Long after a devastating nuclear war, humanity has returned to the surface world from its underground refuges to find that a new intelligent ...

Wharton, William

Pseudonym of US painter and author Albert William du Aime (1925-2008), mostly in Paris from about 1960. Though his real name was known for many years, it was not revealed publicly until late in life, so that his pseudonymous writing career could be conducted separately from his career as a painter. Best known for Fabulations with a Magic-Realist colouring, like Birdy (1979) and Dad (1981), he moved ...

Slesar, Henry

(1927-2002) US advertising copywriter and author born Henry Schlosser (he apparently changed his name legally) who began his career in advertising, in which role he is credited with inventing the phrase "coffee break", and who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Brat" for Imaginative Tales in September 1955. Of his several hundred stories, about a third were sf or fantasy, most of them appearing in his first decade as a writer. He used several ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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