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Kirkbride, John

(?   -    ) UK author, not to be confused with the UK singer-songwriter John Kirkbride (1946-    ); his Young Adult novel, Life on Urth (1994), carries its young protagonists to a Parallel World that turns out to be a comic Parody of Earth. Adventures accumulate winningly from this point. [JC]

Florman, Samuel C

(1925-    ) US civil engineer, who has written competent essays and nonfiction books on his subject of concentration; his one sf novel, The Aftermath (2001), less impressively follows the story of a batch of engineers who survive the Holocaust, founding a town they call Engineering Village in South Africa; and proceed from triumph to triumph. [JC]

Astor, John Jacob

(1864-1912) US businessman, inventor and author, great-grandson of the celebrated fur trader; he was one of four authors of sf (the others are Jacques Futrelle, F D Millet and W T Stead) known to have gone down with the Titanic. His A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future (1894) features an Antigravity device – Apergy, borrowed from Percy Greg's Across the Zodiac (1880) – that powers a craft in a tour of the solar system in 2000 CE. Earth itself is a Utopia dominated by a ...

Other Edens

UK original anthology series, consisting of Other Edens (anth 1987), Other Edens II (anth 1988) and Other Edens III (anth 1989), edited by Christopher Evans and Robert Holdstock. This was a curious series. The (ironic?) title is taken from the description of England in Shakespeare's Richard II, though the editors mistakenly say it was Richard III; in fact, however, they rather let down their own ambition of giving a boost to UK short fiction by including stories by such US writers as Kim ...

Hedges, Sid G

(1897-1974) UK author, mostly of detective thrillers; of interest are The Channel Tunnel Mystery (1931), which does not actually incorporate the eponymous tunnel, and the Near Future Plague Panic (1934), in which criminals seeking vast sums of blackmail threaten to infect the entire world with the eponymous bacillus, creating a deadly Pandemic. [JC]

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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