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Rose, Heather

(1964-    ) Australian author whose Tuesday McGillycuddy sequence with Danielle Wood under the joint pseudonym Angelica Banks, and beginning with Finding Serendipity (2013), is fantasy for younger readers. Rose is of sf interest for the Near Future Bruny (2019), set just after an American president has engineered a second term and Brexit is in force; in Tasmania, a Chinese-financed and -engineered project to construct a bridge between Bruny Island, which is south of Hobart, ...

Ferenczy, Árpád

(1877-circa 1930) Hungarian author of several works in Hungarian, before publishing in German (apparently translated from manuscript by Hans Otto Werda) his sf novel Timotheus Thümmel und seine Ameisen (1923; trans anon as The Ants of Timothy Thümmel 1924), a Satire featuring a race of ants in central Africa whose Intelligence exceeds that of humans, and who engage in a kind of world-spanning Great Ant War with surrounding tribes of ants; these events may be presumed to have happened ...


In the terminology of sf Fandom, this expression – once colloquial but enshrined since 1983 in the constitution of the World Science Fiction Society, the body that administers the Hugos – means a semiprofessional magazine as opposed to an Amateur Magazine, or Fanzine. Originally, according to that constitution, a magazine with a circulation of more than 10,000 is a professional magazine (though the revision of the Hugo rules which divided the Best Professional Editor category into ...

Darlington, Andrew

(1947-    ) UK poet and author, sometimes writing as Andy Darlington, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Stairs and Steps" in Corridor for May-June 1972; a selection of his poetry has been assembled as Euroshima Mon Amour: Poems from the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits (coll 2000 chap) (see Poetry), and a selection of his short fiction as A Saucerful of Secrets (coll 2016). Darlington's sf novel, In the Time of the Breaking: New Directions in Scientifiction ...

Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix

UK psychedelic-rock band formed by Michael Moorcock with Graham Charnock and Steve Gilmore, based in Notting Hill, London, and taking its name from Moorcock's story collection The Deep Fix (coll 1966) as by James Colvin. Their album New Worlds Fair (1975), released by United Artists, is set in a Post-Holocaust future and centres on a doomed fairground populated by a ragged bunch of Dystopian characters. Thomas M Disch described it as "portentous". Recorded at various London studios, New Worlds ...

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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