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Fast, Jonathan

(1948-    ) US composer and author, son of Howard Fast, who wrote music before coming to sf with "Decay" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, April 1975. His first novel, The Secrets of Synchronicity (1977; vt Prisoner of the Planets 1980), is a complex Space Opera which, unusually for the form, is a Satire that treats an expanding capitalism as both inherently repressive of true freedom and consciously oppressive through the artificial maintenance of scarcity. ...

Copeland, Leland S

(1886-1973) US amateur astronomer and poet, a longtime contributor to Sky and Telescope magazine who is sometimes noted for his minor contributions to the field of astronomy. He merits a modicum of attention as the first poet (see Poetry) to have his works appear in an SF Magazine, as editor Hugo Gernsback published nineteen of his poems in Amazing Stories and Amazing Stories Quarterly between 1926 and 1929. Some of these poems had previously appeared in his collection Whimsical Rimes, Made by ...

Hasson, James

(?   -    ) French-born author long in the UK, in whose Bid Time Return (1960) a cancer researcher (see Medicine) discovers the dangerous secret of Rejuvenation. The novel does not focus on realistic consequences. [JC]

Dreyfuss, Ernst

(1908-?   ) Unidentified author, perhaps pseudonymous, of The Unfrozen (1970), a Sleeper Awakes tale whose two protagonists, who have been lovers though one is now brain-dead from an accident, are roused from Cryonic cold sleep into an anaemic civilization surviving in orbiting Space Stations; but they hope to bring Earth (or Mars) back to life again through Sex and vigour (see Adam and Eve). It is not confirmed that Dreyfuss is not the painter Ernst Dreyfuss (1903-1977) but the ...

Crace, Jim

Working name of UK journalist and author James Crace (1946-    ), who began publishing fantasy with "Annie, California Plates" in The New Review for June 1974. His first novel, Continent (coll of linked stories 1986), is a Fabulation set on an imaginary southern continent in an otherwise present-day world; it won the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the David Higham Prize. Crace's spare narrative – the novel comprises six independent ...

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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