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Blunt, James

(?   -    ) Author, apparently UK, of Utopia Revisited (1996), a Utopian fiction set in the world created by Thomas More for his Utopia (1516). [JC]

Armour, J P

(1852-1909) US author of Edenindia: A Tale of Adventure (1905) whose protagonist flies an advanced Airship to the Arctic, where he finds a Lost Race descended from Henry Hudson, a Utopia governed by good hygiene and a tough love regime for hypochondriacs; a dissimulated attempt to fly to Mars ends in China. [JC]

Ettinger, Robert C W

(1918-2011) US lecturer in physics, Cryonics advocate and founder in 1976 of the Cryonics Institute, which preserves the dead as safely as possible given the technological and legal constraints in the early twenty-first century, and writer. He began his short career as an sf author with "The Penultimate Trump" for Startling Stories in March 1948, about achieving Immortality; but he is much better known for two nonfiction texts, both of which advocate life extension through Cryonic freezing, and ...

Dunne, J W

(1875-1949) Irish engineer and author, in South Africa and the UK from early manhood; employed by the British War Office in 1906 to develop the monoplane he had envisioned, though nothing came of this. His two fantasies – The Jumping Lions of Borneo (1937 chap) and the more ambitious An Experiment with St George (1939) – are of some mild interest, but Dunne is now remembered almost exclusively for his theories about the nature of time, which he developed in order to explain his ...

Dryden, J L

(?   -?   ) US author of book-length sf poem about Atlantis, Mona: Queen of Lost Atlantis: An Idyllic Re-embodiment of Long Forgotten History (1925), which traces the rise and fall of the great Island. [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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