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Austruy, Henri

(1871-circa 1940) French editor and author whose left-wing politics may have caused his death at the hands of the Nazis. He was not a prolific author, his time mostly taken by his editorship of La Nouvelle Revue from 1913 to 1940, when it was shut down by the occupying forces. Much of that output is sf, including L'Eupantophone (September-December 1904 La Nouvelle Revue; 1905; trans Brian Stableford with added stories as The Eupantophone and Other Stories coll 2014), a Satire on pre-World War ...

Macdonald, James D

(1954-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Little Prune That Couldn't Talk" for Apanage #62 in 1980, but who has worked almost exclusively since in partnership with Debra Doyle – they were married in 1978 – and we make no estimate of seniority in this partnership, as it gives every evidence of being seamless. They began publishing in collaboration with "Bad Blood" in Werewolves (anth 1988) edited by Jane Yolen and Martin H ...

Linbach, Gustave

Apparent pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of The Azrael of Anarchy (1894), set in a Near Future England subverted by an anarchist conspiracy against the realm led by Sir Dunstan Gryme, whose experiments with and Inventions of new Poisons (which he uses ruthlessly) make him seem at first little more than a Mad Scientist. But after he instigates a cholera epidemic and an Invasion, causing the government to topple and the Queen to escape into ...

Sweven, Godfrey

Pseudonym of UK-born author and academic John Macmillan Brown (1845-1935), in New Zealand from 1874, Chancellor of the University of New Zealand from 1923 until his death. Both his fiction and his nonfiction deal almost exclusively with New Zealand and the South Pacific. Of sf interest is the two-part Limanora sequence published as Riallaro: The Archipelago of Exiles (1901) and Limanora: The Island of Progress (1903; rev 1931), in which an ethereal man with artificial wings (see Flying) is shot ...

Fletcher, J S

(1863-1935) UK journalist and author of popular fiction, much of it for boys, though he is best known for his detective fiction. The Wonderful City (1894), for instance, carries its youthful protagonist to a Lost World in Western America at the famous Four Corners where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet; unfortunately, the inhabitants' ecologically sound lives count for little when a great volcano erupts. Morrison's Machine (1900), an adult tale, analyses the relationship of ...

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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