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Davis, Harold A

(1903-1955) US author known mainly for his contributions to the Doc Savage universe, writing or collaborating under the series House Name Kenneth Robeson. [JC/DRL]

Levack, Daniel J H

(?   -    ) US bibliographer and critic, author of several author Bibliographies including Fantasms: A Bibliography of the Literature of Jack Vance (1978 chap with Tim Underwood; rev vt Fantasms II 1979 with Underwood and Kurt Cockrum; rev 1979), PKD: A Philip K. Dick Bibliography (1981; rev 1988), De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography (1983) with Charlotte Laughlin, Amber Dreams: A Roger Zelazny Bibliography (1983) and Dune Master: A Frank Herbert ...

Notes on Content

The notes below, from the 1993 second edition, are largely unrevised. In general we have been able to relax many constraints previously forced on us by the space limitations of a single printed volume. Some authors of short stories only, like Vance Aandahl, appeared in the first edition, were cut to save space in the second and are now restored; there are similar cases among print magazines not exclusively devoted to sf but of considerable sf interest, such The Black Cat, and borderline-sf ...

Mears, A Garland

(circa 1842-1920) UK author active in the 1890s whose Utopia, Mercia, the Astronomer Royal: A Romance (1895), set a century hence in 2002, frames within a burdensome romantic plot its description of a Europe dominated by Germanic "races", with equality for women (see Feminism), advances in Technology, and something like Psi Powers. [JC]

Worlds of Ultima

Videogame series (from 1990). Origin Systems (OS). / The Worlds of Ultima series was launched as a spinoff from the Ultima sequence of Sword and Sorcery Computer Role Playing Games. The central conceit of Ultima is that the player is represented by the Avatar, an individual from our own world who enters the fantasy land of Britannia through a "dimensional portal", returning at intervals of many years to intervene at crucial points in that world's history. In Worlds of Ultima, the Avatar is ...

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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