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Herbert, William

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of The World Grown Young: Being a Brief Record of Reforms Carried Out from 1894-1914 by the Late Mr Philip Adams, Millionaire and Philanthropist (1892), a placidly tendentious record of Near-Future reforms imposed benevolently from above upon a grateful UK by its richest citizen. Attacks by Russia and the USA are routinely defeated. [JC]

Rollo, William

(?   -    ) UK author of The Big Wheel (1984), a Near Future Technothriller set in near space, where the Big Wheel Space Station is a US strategic command centre in geosynchronous orbit, rivalled by the USSR's Astrogorodok on the far side of Earth. Escalating ecological Disaster (driven chiefly by ...

Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The

US Digest-size magazine; published Fall 1949 to the present. The first issue was titled simply The Magazine of Fantasy. Until February 1958 published by Fantasy House, Inc, a subsidiary of Mercury Publications, then by Mercury Press until January 2001, then by Gordon Van Gelder's Spilogale, Inc; Lawrence E Spivak (1900-1994) was Publisher from Fall 1949 to July 1954, Joseph W Ferman ...

Piel, Stobie

(1959-    ) US author of several romantic historicals and of some sf, primarily the Pelloran sequence beginning with The Dawn Star (1996), a Space Opera series in which two adjacent planets, and their mutual intersecting dynasties, are in the foreground, or occasionally not, of impassioned Sex. Abductions occur. An Alien civilization contemplates an ...

Pratchett, Terry

(1948-2015) UK author who began publishing with "The Hades Business" in Science Fantasy in 1963, collected with other (mostly early) stories as A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction (coll 2012). For many years he was in full-time employment, as a journalist until 1980 – contributing many short stories to the Bucks Free Press "Children's Circle" section under the pseudonym "Uncle Jim" – and as a publicity ...

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. ...

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