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Wilbur, Anne T

(1817-1864) US translator, who also published as by Florence Leight, Mrs John Procter and Mrs Annie T Wood. Her version of "La science en famille. Un voyage en ballon. (Réponse à l'énigme de juillet.)" (August 1851 Musée des famille, seconde série; trans May 1852 Sartain's Union Magazine of Literature and Art as "A Voyage in a Balloon") was the first translation of Jules Verne into English. Other translations include Le Roman de la Momie (1858; trans as The ...

Breggin, Peter

(1936-    ) US medical doctor and author who has published and broadcast controversially about psychiatry and the drug industry, whose collaboration in promulgating drug-based solutions to psychiatric and other problems he deprecates; his sf novel, After the Good War: A Love Story (1972), excoriates the use of remote-control Sex as a device to control, and to dehumanize, a Dystopian twenty-third-century America. [JC]

Lee, Chang-rae

(1965-    ) South Korean-born author, in US from infancy; the complexity of this background is reflected in his first and best-known novel, Native Speaker (1995), and underlies much of his succeeding work, none of it with any fantastic content until On Such a Full Sea (2014), a Dystopia set in a moderately distant Near Future America, in the Ecologically-beleaguered setting known as B-Mor, a Keep-like enclave built on the ruins of Baltimore, Maryland. The residents of B-Mor ...

Beyond the Stellar Empire

Role Playing Game (1981). Adventures By Mail. Designed by Jack Everitt, Robert Cook, Michael Popolizio. / Beyond the Stellar Empire was a Play by Mail game created in the US, resembling a massively multiplayer Space Sim such as EVE Online (2003) but mediated entirely through text and run in slow motion. In 1992 the UK company KJC Games (KJC) licenced the game from Adventures By Mail and created a separate instantiation of its fictional world. While the US version has now been shut down, the ...

Small Presses and Limited Editions

Any firm founded to release work of personal interest to the publisher, and which distributes that work to readers whose interest can also be assumed, may be called a small press. Four years before Hugo Gernsback began Amazing Stories in 1926, The Lunar Publishing Company of Providence, Kentucky, was founded by friends of the author of the book it had been created in order to publish – and then folded. To the Moon and Back in Ninety Days: A Thrilling Narrative of Blended Science and ...

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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