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Baker, Tim

(?   -    ) Australian-born journalist and author, mostly resident in France. His first novel, Fever City (2016), is an Alternate History tale set primarily in Los Angeles (see California), where the protagonist, a noirish detective, becomes involved first in a kidnapping and then in the assassination of John F Kennedy. The interactions between the two, and consequential revelations about the true nature of America, are interwoven in a manner reminiscent of ...

Freedman, Carl

(1951-    ) US academic, literary theorist and author, James F Cassidy Professor of English at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge). He began to publish essays of genre interest with "Style, Fiction, Science Fiction: The Case of Philip K Dick" in Styles of Creation, Aesthetic Technique and the Creation of Fictional Worlds (anth 1992) edited by Eric S Rabkin and George Slusser, and Philip K Dick remains one of the several standard authors who remain his central sources of ...

Cronin, Bernard

Working name of UK-born author Charles Bernard Cronin (1884-1968), in Australia from 1890; he is better known in sf under the pseudonym Eric North, a byline he used mostly on stories for younger readers; he is also credited with other pseudonyms in other genres, normally using his own name for novels set in rural Australia. However, The Treasure of the Tropics (4 May-26 June 1926 Pals; 1928), a Lost World tale set Underground in Australia, where an ancient Egyptian civilization boasts Immortal ...

Haarsma, P J

(1964-    ) Canadian-born film and television producer whose Softwire sequence, beginning with The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 (2006) and ending with The Softwire: Awakening on Orbis 4 (2010), follows the Young Adult experiences of a "softwire" – a human capable of interaction with various forms of information-saturated Technology – in a Space Opera frame. Haarsma has created a computer Role Playing Game for this world, The Rings of Orbis, which can be played free ...

Wise, Robert

(1914-2005) US film director, who began his career as a film-cutter at RKO Studios and by 1939 was a fully qualified editor. He worked on Orson Welles's Citizen Kane (1941) and also – at the studio's insistence when the director was safely out of the country – directed a few scenes in Welles's The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). He then worked with the Val Lewton unit at RKO, first as editor, then as director. He made three films for Lewton – Curse of the Cat People (1944; ...

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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