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Miller, Sam J

(1979-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Haunting Your House" in The Red Volume: An Anthology of Stories by the Awkward Robots (anth 2008 ebook) edited by The Awkward Robots, most of his early work being fantasy or horror, though his first novel, the Young Adult The Art of Starving (2017), Equipoisally offers hints as well of an sf explanation for the ...

Sargent, Pamela

(1948-    ) US editor and author with an MA in classical philosophy from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where she taught until 1971; she has lived with George Zebrowski for many years. She began to publish work of genre interest with "Landed Minority", in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction as early as September 1970, her early work being assembled in Starshadows: Ten Stories ...

Ley, Willy

(1906-1969) German-born scientist and scientific writer who emigrated to the USA in 1935. In Germany he had published his first book, Die Fahrt ins Weltall ["Journey into Space"] (1926); his second, the anthology Die Möglichkeit der Weltraumfahrt: Allgemeinverständliche Beiträge zum Raumschiffahrtsproblem ["The Possibility of Interplanetary Travel"] (1928), assembled essays by Hermann ...

Koster, Raph

(1971-    ) US Game designer who has primarily worked on persistent Online Worlds. Koster's first major contributions were made to the free-to-play Heroic Fantasy Multi User Dungeon LegendMUD (1994 Mainframe, Net), of which he was one of the designers. He was later hired as lead designer for Ultima Online (1997), ...

Chesbro, George C

(1940-2008) US author who began to write detective stories in the late 1960s, sometimes as by David Cross, and who is of genre interest for the intermittent – but sometimes essential – sf elements in his Mongo sequence, about a dwarf former circus performer and professor of criminology (see Superheroes), whose real name is Robert Frederickson and who as Mongo the Magnificent runs a detective agency with his brother Garth, beginning with ...

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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