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Wallach, Tommy

(?   -    ) US author of Young Adult novels whose We All Looked Up (2015) understands a potential Earth-shattering Disaster – a vast Asteroid on collision course with the planet – in terms of the life decisions the four young protagonists of the tale must now face. In Thanks for the Trouble (2016), which is adroitly couched as a college application, a teenage boy attempts to come to terms with the meaning of his relationship with a seemingly ...

Schoch, Tim

(1949-    ) US author moderately active in various genres; of sf interest is Creeps: An Alien in our School (1985), a Young Adult tale set in a high school haunted by an Alien; and Flash Fry, Private Eye (1986), which incorporates fantasy elements into a similar mix. [JC]

Large, E C

(1902-1976) UK botanist and author who began to publish poetry and fiction in the late 1920s. Sugar in the Air: A Romance (1937), first of the two connected Charles Pry tales, is a notable and original Scientific Romance bitterly but wryly describing the conflicts which arise between scientific and commercial interests during experiments with artificial photosynthesis; eventually, Charles Pry develops a process to manufacture sugar from the air (or SUNSAP) in industrial quantities, but his ...

Raman, A Thothathri

(?   -    ) Indian journalist and author whose sf novel, Hope!: A 26th Century Tale of Commerce and Love (2002), set in a Galactic Empire apparently dominated by Earth, where a rigid Dystopia has banned both commerce and love from the armamentarium of human responses to reality; the protagonists, who hail from a distant colony planet, rebel successfully. [JC]

Dixon, Charles

UK author, problematically identified as Charles Dixon (1858-1926), an ornithologist of some renown. The sf novel written by him, or by some other Charles Dixon or by an author using this common name as a pseudonym, is Fifteen Hundred Miles an Hour (1895), a boys' tale featuring the interplanetary exploits of some young protagonists who travel to Mars – inhabited by giant Martians – via an electric Spaceship. [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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