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Van Zile, Edward S

(1863-1931) US author of some sf interest for two of the tales assembled in A Magnetic Man and Other Stories (coll 1890): the protagonist of "A Magnetic Man", whose various Inventions do nothing to make him liked, learns how to control electricity, which governs affinities; and "Chemical Clairvoyance" features a device capable of recording the backward traces of the future on atoms, thus making Prediction possible. "The Skeleton's Confession", in The Dreamers and Other Poems (coll 1897), is a ...

Danvers, Jack

Pseudonym of Camille Auguste Marie Caseleyr (1909-1985), a Belgian who, after World War Two, emigrated to Australia, where he set his sf novel, The End of It All (1962). The tale depicts a nuclear World War Three and climaxes in doomed Australian attempts to cope with epidemics unleashed by the opposing forces. The tale then becomes a Future History, which describes the protracted but total extinction of humanity. [JC]

Bannister, Jo

(1951-    ) UK journalist and author, principally of crime fiction, long resident in Northern Ireland. She is of sf interest for her first three novels, all initially published by Robert Hale Limited: The Matrix (1981), a Far-Future Space Opera, and two adventures with a flavour of Planetary Romance: The Winter Plain (1982) and A Cactus Garden (1983). [DRL]

Eisenstein, Phyllis

(1946-2020) US teacher – in later years increasingly active in this capacity – and author, whose first sf story was "The Trouble with the Past", written in collaboration with her husband, Alex Eisenstein, in New Dimensions 1 (anth 1971) edited by Robert Silverberg. She and her husband wrote other stories together, and he was influential also on work signed only by Eisenstein. Her first book, Born to Exile (stories August 1971-February 1975 F&SF; coll of linked stories 1978), is ...

Naylor, Grant

Joint pseudonym of UK scriptwriters and authors Rob Grant (see his entry for solo works) and Doug Naylor (see his entry for solo title), who worked for three years as head writers for Spitting Image (1984-1996), a satirical television series using a combination of puppets and live action, and who wrote the Red Dwarf (1988-current) television series, which weds black humour and Space Opera. Some of the latter scripts have been published as Primordial Soup: Red Dwarf Scripts (coll 1993) and Son ...

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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