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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Davis-Goff, Sarah

(?   -    ) Irish journalist, publisher and author whose first novel, the Young-Adult Last Ones Left Alive (2019), envisions an Ireland at some point in the moderately distant Near Future, at a point where the planetary Disaster – a Zombie apocalypse probably due in particular to scientific research gone wrong, and to ...

Mansford, Charles J

(1863-1943) UK teacher and author, some of whose stories assembled as Shafts from an Eastern Quiver (coll of linked stories July 1892-June 1893 Strand; 1894) are supernatural; Under the Naga Banner (1896), a romance told in the manner of H Rider Haggard, climaxes in the discovery in Nagaland of the Ark of the Covenant; The Great Green Serpent (1926) is a ...

Oliver, Owen

Pseudonym of UK civil servant and author Joshua Albert Flynn (1863-1933), active in various genres, publishing prolifically in magazines, always as by Owen Oliver, from before the end of the nineteenth century; his books, including at least two novels, were nonfantastic. During his lifetime, his work of genre interest was published solely in magazines, the first of these perhaps being "The Man Who Could Not Forget" (10 October 1902 The London Magazine); many later tales appeared in ...

Ellinger, Geoffrey

(1904-1990) UK author of detective novels who flourished in the early 1930s; in his one title of sf interest, The Blasted Acre (1936), a business consortium gets a monopoly on radium (see Elements; Nuclear Energy), threatening the world. [JC]

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...



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