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Rogers, W A

(1854-1931) US cartoonist and author of The Lost Caravan (1927), a Lost Race tale for boys set in Africa, which he published after retiring from a long career, from 1873 to 1926, drawing political cartoons, mostly for Harper's Magazine. [JC]

Cook, Kenneth

(1929-1987) Australian author of Play Little Victims (1978 chap), a Satire depicting a world inherited by rational mice after 2000, who attempt to control mouse Overpopulation by literally applying texts left by an extinct humanity, on the apprehension that all human activities – including War, famine, genocide and the automobile – were introduced in order to reduce human population. The tale hovers (see Equipoise) between sf and fantasy. [JC]

Schoch, Tim

(1949-    ) US author moderately active in various genres; of sf interest is Creeps: An Alien in our School (1985), a Young Adult tale set in a high school haunted by an Alien; and Flash Fry, Private Eye (1986), which incorporates fantasy elements into a similar mix. [JC]

Meier, Shirley

(1960-    ) Canadian author and poet who began to publish work of genre interest with "Trave" in the Shared World anthology Magic in Ithkar 4 (anth 1987) edited by Robert Adams and Andre Norton. Her first novel-length works were set in another shared world, the Fifth Millennium Fantasy series initiated by S M Stirling: Meier's contributions begin with The Sharpest Edge (1986; vt Saber and Shadow 1992) with S M Stirling – second in the sequence – and include the ...

Allais, Alphonse

(1854-1905) French journalist and author, mostly of humorous pieces; his newspaper column, La Vie Drôle ["The Funny Life"] contained many skits and spoofs and other pieces, often fantastical. The various tales about Captain Cap appeared in this column and in other similar venues. Cap is based on a real person – Albert Caperon (1864-1898), a much-travelled adventurer and man about town – and Allais retired Captain Cap tales after Caperon's death, though he used old stories, and ...

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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