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Kilpatrick, Florence A

(1888-1968) UK playwright and author best known for her Elizabeth sequence of spoofish adventures featuring a slapstick but spunky Cockney lass; of sf interest in the series is Elizabeth in Africa (1940), where she runs across a Lost Race of Egyptians who remain hidden in a remote valley. Luckily for Elizabeth, the Mtangulizis have already been taught English by a previous visitor. [JC]

Bambaata, Afrika

(1957-    ). US musician and performer, sometimes credited with inventing "rap" as a musical style. Bambaata's first single "Planet Rock" (1982) sampled "Trans-Europe Express" by Kraftwerk and added Bambaata's vocals. Blending the designedly machinic, bloodless, north-European musical style with an impassioned African-American content, though perhaps a counter-intuitive step, was a brilliant move, and proved enormously influential on the subsequent development of hip hop. ...

Barzman, Ben

(1910-1989) Canadian-born US scriptwriter – his collaborative script for the film The Boy with Green Hair (1948) directed by Joseph Losey was much admired – who was soon blacklisted for his earlier membership in the Communist Party, though he managed to write about twenty-five produced scripts under his own and other names; he and his wife Norma Barzman (1920-    ), also creatively active in Hollywood, had moved to Europe by 1949. His sf novel, Out of this World ...

Yang, Neon

(?   -    ) Singapore molecular biologist, journalist and author who legally adopted the name Neon Yang in 2020, having also written as by JY Yang, Jy Yang and June Yang; they began to publish work of genre interest with "Interview" as JY Yang in The Ayam Curtain (anth 2012) edited by Joyce Chng and JY Yang as June Yang. Their work is primarily of fantasy interest, though the Tensorate sequence, beginning with the simultaneously released The Black Tides of ...

Niemann, August

(1839-1919) German editor and author, usually on military matters, whose Future War novel, Der Weltkrieg – Deutsche Träume (1904; trans J H Freese as The Coming Conquest of England 1904), does not anticipate World War One very precisely, though the Near Future conflict envisioned is worldwide, with Britain losing in India and at home against an alliance that groups France, Germany and Russia into an irresistible force. Aetherio, eine Planetenfahrt ["Aetherio: A Trip to the Planets"] ...

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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