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Henderson, Walter Brooks Drayton

(1887-1939) Jamaican-born critic, teacher and poet, who lived mostly in the UK and North America. His book-length epic poem, The New Argonautica: An Heroic Poem in Eight Cantos of the Voyage Among the Stars of the Immortal Spirits of Sir Walter Ralegh, Sir Francis Drake, Ponce de Leon & Nunez da Vaga (1928), traces the interstellar Fantastic Voyage of its reincarnated crew after Ralegh's spirit-visit to World War One has distressed him. The crews' mode of Transportation seems to combine the ...

Paris, John

Pseudonym of UK diplomat and author Frank Trelawny Arthur Ashton-Gwatkin (1889-1976), who specialized in Japanese affairs through much of his earlier professional career, though the publication of his first novel, Kimono (1921), with its negative assessment of Japanese culture, curtailed his influence in the Far East, though his career advanced in the UK, where he retired as minister of HM diplomatic missions in 1947. The Island Beyond Japan (1929) is a Lost Race tale, somewhat prefiguring ...

Hasson, Guy

(1971-    ) Israeli author, playwright and film-maker who began his career with Hebrew-language plays, but writes science fiction almost exclusively in English. Perhaps confusingly, much of his output appeared first in Hebrew translations. Hasson began publishing with "Earth Calling Johnny" in Anotherealm (see Online Magazines) for 1998. He published short fiction in online Amateur Magazines such as Aphelion in the early 2000s, and two early ebooks. In The Beginning (2001 ...

Bailey, John

(1944-    ) Australian author, chiefly of historical nonfiction, whose early works include an erotic sf novel: The Moon Baby (1978), set in a gadget-strewn but otherwise anonymous world bedevilled by social misfits bred on the Moon. [JC]

Secret 6, The

Pulp Magazine. Four issues, October 1934 to April 1935, from Popular Publications. Editor: Rogers Terrill. / Written by prolific pulp author Robert J Hogan, The Secret 6 dealt with the adventures of King (no first name ever given) and his five associates, who fight crime after King has been framed for a murder. After breaking him out of Prison, the team strives to prove King's innocence while battling bizarre criminals including Mad Scientists. Among the threats they face are dogs enlarged ...

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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