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Crane, Nathalia

(1913-1998) US poet, teacher and author, precociously active as a poet from childhood, beginning with the publication of her first collection, The Janitor's Boy and Other Poems (coll 1924 chap), which was much influenced by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886); Time magazine referred to her at this time as "The Baby Browning of Brooklyn". After publishing some further work she enjoyed a long career as an academic and political activist. Samuel R Delany mentions her in Atlantis: Model 1924 (1995). / ...

McGhan, Barry

(1939-    ) US fan and bibliographer who began to publish work of genre interest with "Andre Norton: Why Has She Been Neglected?" in Riverside Quarterly for January 1970. He is perhaps of greatest importance for the compilation Science Fiction and Fantasy Pseudonyms (1971 chap; var revs to 1979) [see Checklist below], a useful guide to Pseudonyms. Teaching Tomorrow: A Handbook of Science Fiction for Teachers (1972) with Elizabeth Calkins is a SF in the Classroom text; An ...

Marker, Chris

(1921-2012) Professional pseudonym of French filmmaker Christian Bouche-Villeneuve, a major figure in the Cinema of the Nouvelle Vague and beyond. Essentially a documentarist, but of a radically exploratory kind, he is primarily celebrated outside France for three interreferenced works, sometimes regarded as a thematic trilogy: the short sf film La Jetée, (made in 1962 and shown widely at festivals the following year before its official French release in April 1964), his sole work of ...

Parenteau, Shirley

(1935-    ) US author, mostly of picture books for children, whose sf novel for older children, The Talking Coffins of Cryo-City (1979), a putative Utopia which deals with problems through Weather Control, and with criminals through Cryogenic Suspended Animation (see Crime and Punishment). [JC]

Conspiracy X

Role Playing Game (1996). New Millenium. Designed by Rick Ernst, Shirley Madewell, Chris Pallace. / The game of Conspiracy X shares much with its rather more haunting contemporary Delta Green (1997) (see Call of Cthulhu). Player characters are agents for a secretive organization known as Aegis which defends present day America against paranormal threats, frequently of extraterrestrial origin. The most obvious influence is the television series The X-Files (1993-2002), though Conspiracy X is ...

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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