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Lee, Thomas

(circa 1830-circa 1904) UK author, active in the late nineteenth century, identified by Darko Suvin in Victorian Science Fiction in the UK (1983) as a North London plasterer and publican, though it seems it may be his son, Henry Lee, who was a plasterer. Lee's sf novel, Falsivir's Travels: The Remarkable Adventures of John Falsivir, Seaman, at the North Pole and in the Interior of the Earth, With a Description of their Wonderful People and the Things He Discovered There (1886), is a ...

Foster, Alan Dean

(1946-    ) US author, raised in Los Angeles; interestingly, he has listed Carl Barks (1901-2000) – the creator (long unacknowledged by Disney) of the best Comic strips and Big Little Books in the Disney stable – as one of his formative influences, specifically on his depiction of older characters. Foster began publishing sf with "Some Notes Concerning a Green Box" for The Arkham Collector in 1971, and has collected short stories in With Friends Like These ... ...

BattleTech

Cardboard models-based Wargame (1984). FASA. Designed by Jordan Weisman. / One of the most commercially successful wargaming franchises ever created, BattleTech transplanted the human-piloted giant Mecha robots of Japanese Anime to a gritty far future setting of constant war. The original game is set during the thirty-first century, when hundreds of years of conflict have reduced an interstellar civilization centred on Earth to a collection of antagonistic feudal Houses which have forgotten ...

Sobel, Robert

(1931-1999) US academic and author, almost exclusively of nonfiction studies in business history. His only sf novel, For Want of a Nail: If Burgoyne Had Won at Saratoga (1973), is an Alternate History of post-Revolution America, written in the form of a textbook, with maps and hundreds of footnotes to imaginary sources. The Jonbar Point of the book is the victory of General Burgoyne at Sarasota in October 1777, as a consequence of which the Colonies are eventually forced to surrender to ...

Hoffmann, Franz

(1814-1882) German editor, translator and author, much of his copious output being designed for children and Young Adult readers. Most of this work is non-fantastic, though the first novella assembled in Der kleine Robinson; Der Blinde Knabe ["The Little Robinson"/"The Blind Boy"] (coll 1850), which plagiarizes Johann David Wyss's The Swiss Family Robinson (1812-1813), is a marginal contribution to the Robinsonade. Der Schatz des Inka (1858; trans J Fredk Smith as The Treasure of the Inca 1870) ...

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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