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Alton, Andrea I

(1946-    ) US author whose Demon of Undoing (1988), set on a planet dominated by a cat-like Alien civilization, describes the initially uneasy but ultimately effective rapport between a crippled member of Clan Fen and the human Sig, a surviving member of an expedition whose long-ago impact on the rigidly honour-bound stratified Inkairans had been destabilizing, and who are now remembered as the Demons of Undoing. Sig soon demonstrates how wit can trump brawn. / Alton ...

Salwi, Dilip M

(1952-2004) Indian author, almost exclusively of work for Young Adult and younger readers. He wrote much nonfiction, including Our Scientists (1986), containing biographies of Indian scientists, and Nonsense in Indian Science (1998). His sf was clearly directed, though with pleasing tact, towards educational purposes, with Alien characters introduced in considerable part in order to comment on the state of our planet; this work is generally set in the Near Future. Titles include Fire on the ...

Wright, R H

(?   -?   ) Irish-born author, in New Zealand for part of his adult life, in active service during World War One after – it seems – having stopped writing; he is recorded as surviving the war. Of sf interest among his several books is The Outer Darkness (1906), an awkward but effective early exercise in Equipoise. The protagonist, having died, is transported to another planet, whose monarch determines where he should dwell, according to his merits. ...


Working name of UK musician and author Steven Patrick Morrissey (1959-    ), whose role as lead singer of The Smiths (1982-1987) and as a solo performer has attracted a sizeable and devoted following. Morrissey's sole venture into sf is "Fantastic Bird", a self-described "throwaway outtake" from Your Arsenal (1992). The song is a jaunty rockabilly number in which the singer's love interest sets out on the titular Spaceship in a failed attempt to become "the first stand-up ...

Kissick, Lucy

(?   -    ) UK planetary geochemist in the nuclear industry and author whose first novel, Plutoshine (2022), describes with numerate intensity the attempted Terraforming of Pluto (see Outer Planets) by a team of scientists and others troubled by evidences of sabotage. There is a remoteness to the telling that evokes the latter-day Scientific Romance, though the ending is moderately upbeat. [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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