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Frenkel, James R

(1948-    ) US editor, married to Joan D Vinge since 1980. In the late 1970s and early 1980s he was with Dell Books, where he edited (anonymously) the Binary Star books, each comprising two titles bound sequentially (see Dos): Binary Star #1 containing Destiny Times Three (March-April 1945 Astounding; 1957; 1978 dos) by Fritz Leiber and Riding the Torch (in Threads of Time, anth 1974, ed Robert Silverberg; 1978 dos) by Norman Spinrad, Binary Star #2 containing the first ...

deFord, Miriam Allen

(1888-1975) US author, editor and feminist, who was active as a journalist and editor from 1912; married to the distinguished nonfiction author Maynard Shipley (1872-1934) from 1921; she worked as a researcher for Charles Fort between 1922 and his death in 1932; she was the San Francisco correspondent for the socialist Federated Press from 1921 to 1956, and a contributing editor to The Humanist. For the educational publisher Haldeman-Julius she wrote and/or edited a number of short books in the ...

Cooper, Parley J

(1937-    ) US author in various genres under various names, with an emphasis on horror. Of sf interest is The Feminists (1971) (see Feminism), which describes a Dystopian state in which women have made slaves of men, who duly revolt. [JC]

Rosa, Samuel Albert

(1866-1940) Australian journalist, politician and author, mostly in the US and UK before 1888, whose Near Future sf novel, The Coming Terror; Or, the Australian Revolution (1894 chap; vt Oliver Spence, the Australian Caesar: Or, the Coming Terror 1895 chap), expresses a fin de siècle sense of the fragility of White civilization; The Invasion of Australia (1920), a nonfiction description of Australia's vulnerability to Invasion, was equally downbeat. [JC]

Scott, Edward

(?   -?   ) UK author of an sf novel, The Marvellous Experience of John Rydal (1904), whose protagonist drinks an experimental elixir (see Drugs) which reverses time for him, so that he grows younger (see Rejuvenation; Time in Reverse), suffering more embarrassment than joy. [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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