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Vermes, Timur

(1967-    ) German journalist, ghostwriter and author who is of sf interest for his first two novels. In the Alternate-History Er is wieder da (2012; trans Jamie Bulloch as Look Who's Back 2014), Adolf Hitler, at the brink of defeat, is conveyed via Timeslip to the Berlin of 2011, where he becomes a talk-show television celebrity. His obscenities about Jews, Eugenics, Lebensraum and other material are taken as hilarious spoofs of positions he has never abandoned; Satirical ...

Woodley, Sherrida

(1950-    ) US author in whose Near Future sf tale Quick Fall of Light (2010) the survival of a passenger pigeon offers a chance that Homo sapiens will not succumb to a new Pandemic as devastating as the 1918 Spanish flu. [JC]

Rocket Stories

US Digest-size magazine; three issues, April, July, September 1953, published by Space Publications, New York, one of the imprints of John Raymond. It was edited by Lester del Rey for the first two issues and Harry Harrison for the final, both under the alias Wade Kaempfert. Rocket Stories was a companion magazine to Fantasy Fiction, Space Science Fiction and the 1952-1954 Science Fiction Adventures. All four magazines were closed down when the publisher lost interest. Rocket Stories, slanted ...

Franke, Herbert W

(1927-    ) Austrian-born author and scientist who, after receiving a doctorate in Vienna in 1950, moved to Munich, where he taught cybernetic aesthetics at the University of Munich; he has also written as by Sergius Both. After publishing considerable nonfiction in the 1950s, mostly on either speleology or computer graphics, he also began publishing sf, at first speculative short stories like those assembled in Der grüne Komet: Utopische-technische Kurzgeschichten ...

Goldston, Robert C

(1927-1982) US author of crime fiction, also under the pseudonym James Stark; of fantasies such as his first novel, The Eighth Day (1956), dealing with miracles in a religious context; and of The Shore Seen Dimly (1963), in which the passengers and crew of a yacht at sea apprehend a nuclear Holocaust from a distance as they approach a seemingly deserted America. [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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