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Glossop, Reginald

(1880-1955) UK author, long resident in France, whose The Coming Invasion!: How It May Be Prevented (1910 chap), is an unalarming Future War tract; he also wrote a few stories for Boys' Papers in the 1920s. Glossop is remembered almost exclusively for The Orphan of Space: A Tale of Downfall (1926), which lamely prefigures C S Lewis's Ransom trilogy in the conceit that Earth is a diseased planet barred from the higher spheres. The plot concerns the collaboration of a kind of spirit of Gaia with ...

Cook, Rick

Working name of US author James Richard Cook (1944-2022), who began publishing work of genre interest with "Mortality" for Analog in January 1987; he subsequently published several sf stories in this journal, and a very large number of nonfiction pieces on computer technology. As an author of fiction he is most noted for his fantasy, primarily for the Wizard sequence of Technofantasy-tinged tales – beginning with Wizard's Bane (1989) – which are set in a secondary world ideally ...

Murray, V T

(1874-1956) UK journalist, playwright and author of an Equipoisal fantasy/Scientific Romance, The Rule of the Beasts (1925), in which a homiletic journal, beginning in 1933 just as a terminal World War Two breaks out, has been discovered in the fortieth century, when it is presented with scholarly interpolations (see Ruins and Futurity) to a vast audience. The journal goes on to describe Ruined Earth vistas, moving into the territory of the classic Beast Fable [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy ...

Fanciful Tales of Time and Space

US Digest-size magazine. One issue, Fall 1936, published by Shepard & Wollheim; edited by Donald A Wollheim. Fanciful Tales of Time and Space contained a mixture of weird, sf and fantasy stories, including work by August Derleth, David H Keller and H P Lovecraft, as well as the first publication of Robert E Howard's poem "Solomon Kane's Homecoming". Fanciful Tales of Time and Space was, strictly speaking, a Semiprozine, rather like the earlier Marvel Tales – which is to say that, ...

Balfour, Andrew

(1873-1931) Scottish medical doctor specializing in tropical medicine, and at around the beginning of the twentieth century author of several adventure novels under the influence of H Rider Haggard and Robert Louis Stevenson. Of these, The Golden Kingdom: Being an Account of the Quest for the Same as Described in the Remarkable Narrative of Doctor Henry Mortimer, Contained in the Manuscript Found with the Boards of a Boer Bible During the Late War, and Edited with a Prefatory Note (1903) is a ...

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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