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Winchester, Mark

(?   -?   ) UK author, possibly pseudonymous, of boys' stories, those of most sf interest being Lord of the Lonely Isle (1940), a Lost Race tale set on a mysterious Island in the South Pacific, whose previously undiscovered inhabitants include the descendants of pirates, and a race of giant apes; and The Secret Treasure (1947), which locates its mild-mannered Lost Race, descended from Incas, in Peru. [JC]

Wang Dulu

Writing name of Wang Baoxiang (1909-1977), a Chinese author, largely of detective stories and mysteries, whose most productive period in the late 1930s and 1940s saw some of the definitive works of martial-arts fiction (see Wuxia). He was born to Manchu parents in Beijing, shortly before the abdication of the last emperor would see the suspension of the hereditary stipend paid to aristocrats. As a result, his family and many like it fell swiftly into penury; he left school at 15 after the death ...

Sheffield, Charles

(1935-2002) UK-born physicist and author, permanently in the USA from 1971, married to Nancy Kress from 1998 until his death; he published the first of more than 100 technical papers and science articles in 1962, and the first of 100 or more sf stories, "What Song the Sirens Sang", for Galaxy in April 1977. Much of his short fiction is assembled in Vectors (coll 1979), Hidden Variables (coll 1981), Dancing With Myself (coll 1993) and Georgia on My Mind, and Other Places (coll 1995), the title ...

Bailey, Thomas

Pseudonym of US author Edward Bellamy Partridge (1877-1960), who wrote Country Lawyer (1939) under his full name, also publishing work as Bellamy Partridge and Bailey. In his Lost Race novel, Long Night (1935), a young woman, lost in the Arctic, is taken by the Inuit chief who rescues her to a mysterious Island where she finds a Viking still alive. The Viking and the Inuit fight over her. [JC]

Aelita Award

In its heyday the most prestigious Russian sf award, founded in 1981 by the Russian Federation Writers' Union and Ural'skii sledopyt ["Urals Pathfinder"] magazine. The latter was published from the city of Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk until 1991), and this the ceremony was held there as part of the annual Aelita Convention. The winner is chosen by a panel of judges. The Aelita was instituted as an award for the best single sf work published in the previous year, though with two presentations in ...

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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