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Roeg, Nicolas

(1928-2018) UK director who entered the Cinema industry as an editing apprentice in 1947, rising to cinematographer in 1959 and working in this capacity on (inter alia) the Edgar Allan Poe-based The Masque of the Red Death (1964) directed by Roger Corman and the Ray Bradbury-based Fahrenheit 451 (1966) directed by François Truffaut. He made his debut as director with the non-genre psychological thriller Performance (1970). Psychic flashes (see ESP) feature in his effective suspense movie ...

Paul, Barbara

(1931-2022) US author who began publishing sf with "Answer 'Affirmative' or 'Negative'" for Analog in April 1972, but who became much better known in the 1980s for her detective novels, of which she has written at least twenty; one of them, Liars and Tyrants and People who Turn Blue (1980), depends for its plot upon a psychic character. Earlier Paul wrote several sf novels – An Exercise for Madmen (1978), Pillars of Salt (1979), Bibblings (1979) and Under the Canopy (1980) – which ...

Fayette, John B

(?1850-1927) US author of whom nothing is known beyond his unsigned occultish Fantastic Voyage tale, Voices from Many Hilltops [for full title see Checklist below] (1886), whose protagonist, by the aid of magnetism, visits in reincarnated form various planets of the solar system – including Jupiter and Saturn (see Outer Planets) – whose inhabitants show him around; there is also a visit to Atlantis. [JC]

Morris, Chris

Working name of US rock musician and author Christopher Crosby Morris (1946-    ), married to Janet E Morris, who played bass in his band and with whom he has written several sf novels (see her entry for discussion of these titles). He has also written two Military SF Technothrillers, Cobra (1991) and Hawkeye (1991) with Jane Stump, writing together as Daniel Stryker. [JC/DRL]

Webb, Philip

(1967-    ) UK author whose Young Adult sf novel Six Days (2011) is set in a Ruined-Earth London a century after the devastating Invasion of the Vlads (ie Russians), who are in search of the same mysterious "artefact" (see McGuffin) that the young protagonists' mysterious friends also need. These friends turn out to be Aliens, and the tale segues, perhaps rather rollickingly, into Space Opera. Where the Rock Splits the Sky (2014), something of a remix of the previous tale, ...

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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