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Papadopoulos, George

(1928-    ) Greek author, of whom nothing is known beyond his publication of two sf novels, The Last Dynasty of the Angels (1998) and Breaking the Barriers of Time (1999), each translated by Charles Moore from unidentified originals. [JC]

Jünger, Ernst

(1895-1998) German author – his surname is sometimes given in English as Juenger – active from 1911, when his first poems were published, until around 1997 (see Longevity in Writers). His early works reflected his experiences in World War One, the hellishness of which he responded to at the time in his long-unpublished Kriegstagebuch 1914-1918 ["War Diaries"] (2010), his four years of combat being an ordeal which he came to treat as (to put it crudely) a chivalric challenge, a ...

Thompson, Andrew

(?   -    ) UK playwright whose first commercially produced drama, In Event of Moone Disaster (performed 2017; 2017), makes structural and Feminist use of a real speech, "In Event of Moon Disaster", written for President Nixon in case the 1969 Moon landing failed. The play is divided into three interacting sections, set in 1969, 2017, and Near Future 2055. In the last of these, Sylvia Moone's granddaughter, also called Sylvia Moone, is about to take the first ...

Halliday, Mags L

Working name of (apparently) Liz Halliday (1971-    ), used because another author with a similar name – Liz Holliday – has also contributed work to the Doctor Who universe. Halliday's Tie, Doctor Who: History 101 (2002), in the Doctor Who: New Adventures subset, features the presence of Eric Blair (George Orwell) in the Spanish Civil War, where surreal displacements between friend and foe occur. To the Faction Paradox sequence, which is related to Doctor Who, ...

Free, Colin

(1925-1996) Australian author whose The Soft Kill (1973), set in a totalitarian Near Future world in the depths of an Overpopulation crisis (an emphasis which clearly dates Free's concerns, as later in the twentieth century overpopulation became an issue more often ignored than confronted); the privileged few live in elevated Keeps. [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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