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Two Women of the West

Joint pseudonym of Alice Ilgenfritz Jones (1846-1906) and Ella Robinson Merchant (1857-1916) for their sf Satire, Unveiling a Parallel: A Romance (1893), whose male narrator, after flying to Mars in an "aeroplane" – a very early appearance of the word in English – discovers there a Utopia based on Gender reversal (see Feminism; ...

Gill, Richard

(1948-    ) UK author known only for a short collection of varied stories which meditate fairly tamely on the nature of Time, Time Keepers (coll 1989 chap), none of which had been published before this assembly. [JC]

Senn, Steve

Working name of US illustrator and author Oscar Steven Senn (1950-    ); he also publishes under his full name. Though he has concentrated on works for younger readers, he is of some interest for his use of specifically sf tropes in the Spacebread sequence, comprising the Space Opera feats of a spacefaring cat; singletons include Ralph Fozbek and the Amazing Black Hole Patrol (1980) (see ...

Roberts, J W

(1824-1900) US newspaper publisher and author of Looking Within: The Misleading Tendencies of "Looking Backward" Made Manifest (1893), a Dystopia designed as its subtitle indicates to rebut Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward 2000-1888 (1888). The rich young protagonist, with the aid of a scientist whose potion puts him into Suspended Animation for a several ...

Lind, Jakov

Pseudonym of Austrian author Heinz Jakov Landwirth (1927-2007), in the UK from 1954; his most famous books – Eine Seele aus Holz (coll 1962; trans Ralph Manheim as Soul of Wood 1964) and Landschaft in Beton (1963; trans Ralph Manheim as Landscape in Concrete 1964) – are grotesque Satires based on his experiences as a Jew in hiding during, and utilizing a deep overall ...

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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