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Preiss, Byron

(1953-2005) US book packager, anthologist and co-author of two sf/fantasy novels – Guts (1979) with C J Henderson and Dragonworld (1979) with J Michael Reaves – and The Bat Family (1984 chap; vt The Vampire State Building 1992), a juvenile. Though he has also edited and co-edited numerous Anthologies, Preiss is best known as the most successful of the independent sf book packagers (i.e., creative middlemen who conceive projects, pitch them to publishers, commission writers, artists ...

Shafer, Robert

(1920-    ) US academic and author of The Conquered Place (1954; vt The Naked and the Damned 1955), a Near Future tale in which the eastern half of America has suffered a Russian Invasion; a resistance movement soon develops in the west, and a Scientist with vital knowledge is rescued from St Louis. [JC]

Nauman, A D

(?   -?   ) US author of a Dystopia, Scorch (2001), set in a Near Future America run by a totalitarian network of private enterprises: it is a land in which the population believes it is free (see Advertising). [JC]

Lurgan, Lester

Initial pseudonym of UK author and church worker Mabel Winifred Knowles (1875-1949), who was far more prolific under her later pseudonym May Wynne, which she used for something like 200 historical romances and girl's books between World War One and her death. As Lurgan, she wrote several thrillers between 1910 and 1913, and A Message from Mars: A Story Founded on the Popular Play by Richard Ganthony (1912), which novelized Richard Ganthony's extremely popular play from 1899; the play was also ...

Pournelle, Jerry

(1933-2017) US author with PhDs from the University of Washington in psychology (1960) and political science (1964); he was employed for fifteen years in the US space programme, working for both government and private firms, and at one time was a political campaign manager. Before entering sf, Pournelle wrote some technical nonfiction and some fiction, occasionally using pseudonyms and House Names. His first books were a nonfiction text, The Strategy of Technology (1970) with Stefan T Possony, ...

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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