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Adams, Richard

(1920-2016) UK author who became instantly famous with his first novel, Watership Down (1972), a long, grave, well-crafted Animal Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], written ostensibly for children but clearly accessible to adults as well; it was followed by the pendant titles The Watership Down Film Picture Book (1978), which retells the same story as adapted for the animated film Watership Down (1978) directed by Martin Rosen, and Tales from Watership Down (coll ...

Jones, D J

(1940-    ) US author whose Souls of the Universe (coll 1989) contains twenty-three stories and poems (see Poetry), some sf and some fantasy, all original to this volume, and most dealing with issues of Cosmology. [JC]


Novacon has long been Britain's second regular Convention, held annually since 1971 in November (thus keeping it well distanced from the national UK Eastercon) and named for that month. It is run, or at least the organizing committee is appointed by, the Birmingham Science Fiction Group founded in 1961. Attendance at Novacon 1 in 1971 was 144; the figure has been as high as 495 in 1980, though 300 became typical, with a gradual dwindling to 200 or fewer members in the 2010s. An initial policy ...

Botten, Bill

(1935-    ) UK artist, originally a graphic designer; he then worked as an art director for Sphere Books before turning freelance, at least half of this work – over 100 covers – being for the publisher Jonathan Cape, mostly in the 1970s and early 1980s. His covers for Cape in particular were brightly coloured, sophisticated highly imaginative, and were sometimes infused with surrealistic humour. Noteworthy instances of his approach include his cover for John T ...

Yuma, Gary

(?   -    ) US author of an sf soft-porn Sex novel, Flesh Probe (1973), which explores Gender issues without much penetration. [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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