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Clifford, John

Working name of UK author John Clifford Bayliss (1919-1978), the young protagonists of whose Atlantis Adventure (1958) discover the eponymous Lost World in an oceanic trench in the Caribbean Sea, where they discover ancient relics, sea Monsters and Robots; unfortunately, their experimental nuclear submarine breaches the walls keeping the ocean at bay, though the youths make their escape. Science in Fiction (anth 1957) was edited with his father, Alfred Edward MacDuff Bayliss (1892-1961). ...

Brautigan, Richard

(1935-1984) US author and poet, known primarily for his work outside the sf field. Most of his whimsically surreal fiction – like A Confederate General from Big Sur (1964) or Trout Fishing in America (1967) – lies on the borderline of Fantasy, but does not pass over. In Watermelon Sugar (1968), set in an indeterminate hippie-pastoral setting, echoes the Post-Holocaust novels of conventional sf. The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western (1974), which is sf, plays amusingly with the ...

Wilson, Geoffrey

(?   -    ) South African author currently resident in the UK, whose Land of Hope and Glory series, beginning with Land of Hope and Glory (2011), is an Alternate History sequence set mostly in a nineteenth-century Britain centuries after the Moors have conquered Europe, only to have lost much of this territory to the Rajthana Empire of India. The narrative shifts Equipoisally between sf and fantasy, with elements of Magic recurring frequently. The series is ...

Winter, Ariel S

(?   -    ) US bookseller and author whose first novel, The Twenty-Year Death (2012) is a nonfantastic thriller told in three parts, each part in the voice of a famous crime writer (the first being Georges Simenon). A children's book, One of a Kind (2012 chap) is for younger children. He is of sf interest for his second adult novel, Barren Cove (2016), set in an Entropy-ridden seemingly balkanized Near Future America, seemingly close to the end-days of Homo ...

Poe, Stephen Edward

(1936-2000) US advertising man and author, author of the nonfiction work The Making of Star Trek (1968) as by Stephen E Whitfield (the surname being his stepfather's) and Gene Roddenberry, producer of the original Star Trek series which is the book's subject. The idea for the book was Poe's, as indeed was the actual writing; but Roddenberry gave considerable help and support and is credited along with Whitfield on the cover. Poe's second book, A Vision of the Future – Star Trek: Voyager ...

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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