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McConnell, James V

(1925-1990) US biologist and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Life Sentence" for Galaxy Science Fiction in January 1953, and who in 1959 founded a science magazine-cum-Fanzine, The Worm Runner's Digest, in which alongside scientific papers (in particular on planarian worms, his speciality) he published spoofs and Satires. Many of these are assembled as The Worm Re-Turns: The Best from The Worm Runner's Digest (anth 1965) and Science, Sex and Sacred Cows: Spoofs of ...

Westall, Robert

(1929-1993) UK art teacher (1960-1985), antique shop proprietor and author whose work, until near the end of his life, was usually for the Young Adult market or for younger children; from the beginning of his career, he was clearly at the forefront of those authors who had begun to respond to their audience's need for more direct confrontation with issues that concerned them. His nonfantastic debut novel, The Machine-Gunners (1975), which formed the basis of the play The Machine-Gunners (first ...

Forrester, John

Pseudonym of US author Luke Wallin (1943-    ) whose work under his own name is either nonfantastic or nonfiction. He is of sf interest for the Young Adult Bestiary Trilogy beginning with Bestiary Mountain (1985), set partly on the Moon, a Dystopian state governed by a puritanical cadre, and partly in Ruined Earth venues. The young protagonists – most of the action focuses on twins, who are Telepathic – escape from their lunar domain, which includes at least one ...

Apollonius of Rhodes

(early 3rd century BCE-late 3rd century BCE) Greek author, his name also given as Apollonius Rhodius; known primarily for the Argonautica (mid 3rd century BCE), which recounts more fully and capably than any other source the Fantastic Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts, from the mainland to various Islands in the Greek Archipelago and onward, in their quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece from Colchis on the Black Sea. The erotic intensity of the relationship between Jason and Medea is as central ...

Skobelev, Eduard

(1927-    ) Byelorussian politician, poet and author whose Katastrofa (1984; trans Sergei Sossinsky as Catastrophe 1989) sets a Dystopia dominated by Jews – Skobelev is known for anti-semitic articles and books – in an imaginary country. [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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