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Troubetzkoy, Princess Mariya

Married name of UK author Muriel Marie Beddam (?   -?   ), sometimes given as Princess Paul Troubetzkoy; her husband, Paolo or Paul Troubetskoy (1866-1938), was a Russian painter and sculptor, in western Europe after 1917. Exodus A.D.: A Warning to Civilians (1934) with C R W Nevinson, set in the Near Future, anticipates a continuation of strife throughout Europe. [JC]

Saffron, Robert

(1918-1985) US journalist, television screenwriter and author of The Demon Device: A Novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as Communicated to Robert Saffron (1979), a mildly speculative Alternate History set in World War One, with Arthur Conan Doyle sent off by his government to destroy a German secret Weapon; he is successful. [JC]

Fridge

UK self-styled "post-rock" band, comprising Kieran Hebden (1980-    ) and Adem. Their work is mostly instrumental, an attractive melodic delicacy set against puffing, chittering beats, and demonstrates a persistent fascination with science fiction, not only in song-titles – "Robots in Disguise" on Ceefax (1997); "Ark", "Yttrium" and "Aphelion" on Eph (1999) but also in a fondness for samples of sf film sound effects and other aural ephemera. The Sun (2007) – ...

Meginnis, Mike

(?   -    ) US author whose two novels interweave sf motifs and topoi and Tall-Tale confabulation into renderings of twenty-first century Fantastika at perhaps its most effective: abrupt clashing recognitions of the world being a central characteristic of this broad category of fiction [for Tall Tales see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In his first, Fat Man and Little Boy (2014), the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are ...

Hicks, Granville

(1901-1982) US author, editor and broadcaster, most of whose significant work lay in the field of cultural studies, initially from a Communist standpoint; although by 1939 he had become disillusioned with Soviet communism, he retained a Marxist orientation in his work. His first novel, The First to Awaken (1940) with Richard M Bennett – Bennett illustrated the book and provided ideas, but did not collaborate in the writing – was a Sleeper-Awakes tale whose protagonist reaches the ...

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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