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Barclay, Gabriel

A House Name used in 1940 for two stories in Astonishing Stories and Super Science Stories, one by Manly Wade Wellman and one by C M Kornbluth. [JC/PN]

Roberts, Terence

Pseudonym of Ivan Terence Sanderson (1911-1973), Scottish-born US author and illustrator on the natural sciences, as in Living Treasure (1941), about wildlife around the Caribbean. As Roberts his sf novel was Report on the Status Quo (1955), a Disaster story set in 1958-1959, after World War Three has catapulted the world into a sudden Climate Change accompanied by ...


1. Nickname of airman James Bigglesworth, a character created by W E Johns (whom see) for a lengthy sequence of books and stories published from 1932, beginning with his exploits flying Sopwith Camels in World War One. Biggles's adventures continued through World War Two and well into the post-war era until the author's death in 1968, and after; a final book of uncollected stories appeared ...

Pearl, Jack

(1923-1992) US author of the Space Eagle sequence, comprising The Space Eagle: Operation Doomsday (1967) and The Space Eagle: Operation Star Voyage (1967), and Tied, unusually, to an individual, Raymond J Meurer. The stories are written for the Young Adult market and involve Inventions implausible in their Near Future 1970s context, including ...

Rhodes, W H

(1822-1876) US lawyer, poet and author whose early work, like The Indian Gallows and Other Poems in Two Parts (coll 1846), but who soon began to publish newspaper pieces and stories under the name Caxton, notably The Case of Summerfield (13 May 1871 Sacramento Daily Union; 1907 chap), about a scientist who threatens to use his Invention – a technique for setting the oceans afire using potassium – unless he is paid 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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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