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Card, Orson Scott

(1951-    ) US author who began his adult life with activities befitting his faith – he worked as a Mormon missionary in Brazil, 1971-1973, an experience seemingly fictionalized to revealing effect in "America" (January 1987 Asimov's). He wrote several plays and other works with religious content before exploding onto the sf scene with his first published story of genre interest, "Ender's Game" for Analog in August 1977. This was nominated for a Hugo and served as the ...

Levene, Rebecca

(?   -    ) UK editor and author, whose pseudonyms include Carla Marks and Evan Pritchard; she began her long involvement with Doctor Who as an editor for Virgin Books in the 1990s, and with Ties. The latter include a novel set in the Doctor Who-related Bernice Summerfield subseries which does not actually feature the Doctor. She has also published Ties for other sequences, including Strontium Dog, Final Destination, Rogue Trooper and The Afterblight ...

Le Tellier, Hervé

(1957-    ) French mathematician and author, president of the Oulipo Group (see Mathematics; Oulipo); active from around 1990. Though much of his work is expectably and proficiently generated from "arbitrary" models, with linguistic/mathematical rhythms often commanding multiple unpackings of human behaviour, including Sex positions and outcomes, he is primarily of sf interest for L'anomalie (2020; trans Adriana Hunter as The Anomaly 2021), where Le Tellier's default ...

Cremators, The

Film (1972; vt Dune Rollers). Arista Productions Inc/New World Pictures. Produced by Roger Corman and Harry Essex. Directed by Harry Essex. Written by Essex based on "Dune Roller" (December 1951 Astounding) by Julian May, credited on screen as Judy Dikty. Cast includes Eric Allison, Mason Caulfield, Maria De Aragon and Marvin Howard. 75 minutes. Colour. / Prologue: a huge ball of fire falls from the sky into a large lake as a Native American watches from the shore; the fireball is an Alien ...

Potter, David

(1874-1962) US naval officer and author who published nonfiction and sentimental novels under his own name and, pseudonymously, a Lost Race novel, The Lost Goddess (1908) as by Edward Barron, in which a beautiful descendant of the Mayans proves to come from a mysterious Island up a great South American river, where some of her folk have survived. [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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