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Hull, E Mayne

(1905-1975) Canadian author, in the US from about 1944, married from 1939 until her death to A E van Vogt, who collaborated with her on most of her work, either in its original magazine form or by expanding it for book publication; she was born Edna May Hull, becoming Edna May Vogt on marriage and legally changing this to Edna Mayne van Vogt in the process of her and her husband's application for US citizenship in 1945. She began publishing sf with "The Flight ...

Wiener, Norbert

(1894-1964) US mathematician and author who established the contemporary sense of the word Cybernetics in his highly influential nonfiction work Cybernetics, or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine (1948; exp rev 1961). Some of his further speculations in this field appear in The Human Use of Human Beings (1950) and in ...

Lacey, Burroughs

(?   -    ) US author of an sf Sex tale, The Sex Machine (1976: vt The Balling Machine 1982 as by Ed Rose), in which (as not uncommonly in sf) enhanced men and Androids are distinguished with difficulty. [JC]

Villains and Vigilantes

Role Playing Game (1979). Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU). Designed by Jeff Dee, Jack Herman. / Villains and Vigilantes was the most popular of the early Superhero themed RPGs, despite its inclusion of several design features that now seem questionable. Notably, characters are assigned a random assortment of Superpowers, making it ...

Burns, Charles

(1955-    ) US Comic-strip artist and author, born in Washington, District of Columbia, and now based in Philadelphia. The drawing of his Fabulations and Mutant characters displays a strange, heavily stylized vision. His work has been widely published in Italy (notably in Vanity), Spain (El Vibora) and France (Métal Hurlant) as well ...

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. ...

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