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McLandburgh, Florence

(1850-1934) US author, who wrote poetry as by McLandburgh Wilson. In The Automaton Ear and Other Stories (coll 1876), the title story "The Automaton Ear" (May 1873 Scribner's Monthly) is of sf interest for its description of a device capable – since sound never in fact dies – of recovering all the sounds that ever existed; the sonic equivalent of a Time Viewer. [JC]

Howard, Ivan

(?   -    ) US editor who produced ten Anthologies 1962-1967 for Belmont Books, an imprint owned and/or published by Louis Silberkleit (1900-1986). Beginning with The Weird Ones (anth 1962; Howard uncredited) and until Now & Beyond (anth 1965), these anthologies invariably drew their contents from magazines run by Silberkleit, including ...

Droid [2]

Also known as "{species}droid" and "{species}DROID". US electro-funk band, whose debut release The Systematik Eviloution of {species}DROID (2005) mashes genre topics into an eclectic musical hybrid of contemporary dance styles. The name is presumably based on the sf coinage Droid as popularized in Star Wars (1977). [AR]

LoBrutto, Pat

Working name of Patrick J LoBrutto (1948-    ), US editor and publisher initially at Ace Books, where he worked on the mid-1970s second series of Ace Specials and with Forrest J Ackerman co-edited scores of issues of the translated Perry Rhodan paperback magazine from 1974 to 1978. He has also worked at Doubleday (1977-1989) – ...

O'Leary, Patrick

(1952-    ) US author whose studiously Equipoisal first novel, Door Number Three (1995), much expands the 1990s American venue of its beginning: a therapist is the inventor of a Time Machine and brings back knowledge of Earth's grim Post-Holocaust Near Future whose main inhabitants seem to be a new race – possibly ...

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. ...

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