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Restif de la Bretonne

Name by which the French author Nicolas-Anne-Edmé Restif (1734-1806) is usually known, though he sometimes signed his books N A E Restif de la Bretonne; his surname at birth was simply Rétif, without the spoof addition, which was the name of a family field. He was an extremely prolific author, publishing about 250 volumes in all beginning in 1767, including many formless, semi-autobiographical novels often attacked for imputed pornographic content. Of his Utopian texts, Le ...

Koch, Eric

(1919-2018) German-born author and television producer, in UK from 1935, in Canada from 1940, several of whose novels are of some sf interest. In The French Kiss: A Tongue in Cheek Political Fantasy (1969), set in a Near-Future Canada threatened – as usual – by separatism, a Reincarnated colleague of Napoleon muses on de Gaulle's similarity to the long-dead Emperor. The Leisure Riots: A Comic Novel (1973) suggests Satirically that, in 1980, the enforced leisure of the executive ...

Martin, Marcia

(?   -    ) US author, almost always in collaboration with Eric Vinicoff, including her first story, "To Live in Alloy Continuity" in Analog for November 1975, and two books, Spacing Dutchman (1978 chap) and The Weigher (1992) [for details see his entry]. [JC]

Suckling, Nigel

(1950-    ) Central-Africa-born author of illustrated books on mythology and folklore, and biographer of many sf/fantasy artists; in the UK for many years. He has contributed biographical and/or critical text commentary to art books by several artists with entries in this encyclopedia, including Bob Eggleton, Josh Kirby and Rodney Matthews. Greetings from Earth: The Art of Bob Eggleton (graph 2000), with Eggleton, won a Hugo award as best related book. [DRL]

Clinton, George

(?1940-    ) US funk musician, famous for his two connected groups, Parliament and Funkadelic. Many of the musicians from these collectives played on albums released under Clinton's name as solo albums. Computer Games (1982) has been especially heavily sampled by subsequent hip-hop and funk acts (the track "Atomic Dog" in particular); and the title track of You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish (1983) refers, in characteristically goofy-cool style, to nuclear war (the "fish" refers ...

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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