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Hassler, Kenneth W

(1932-1999) US personnel specialist and author whose routine sf novels, most of them Space Operas, are The Glass Cage (1969), Destination: Terra (1970), The Dream Squad (1970), A Message from Earth (1970), Intergalac Agent (1971) and The Multiple Man (1972). [JC]

Maxxe, Robert

Pseudonym of US author Robert Rosenblum (1938-    ), who also writes as Nicholas Conde (his thrillers under this name are nonfantastic), Joanna Kingsley, Jeanne Day Lord, Jessica March and Anjelica Moon. In his sf novel, Arcade (1984), Alien forces attempt to influence humanity by infiltrating themselves into Videogame. [JC]

Somoza, José Carlos

(1959-    ) Cuban-born author, in Spain from infancy, several of whose novels are thrillers, some intriguingly metafictional (see Fabulation), including his first tale to be translated, La caverna de los ideas (2000; trans Sonia Soto as The Athenian Murders 2002), where what seems a complexly contrived investigation into hermetic truths possibly contained in the eponymous mystery (written circa 400 BCE) turns Equipoisally into a kind of Virtual Reality game. The ...

Elliott, Janice

(1931-1995) UK author from 1962 of sophisticated novels of domestic passion which frequently reach for a sense of brooding Equipoise with the supernatural and, occasionally, sf. Her sf novel, The Summer People (1980), places in a Near-Future world one of her typical casts, who decide it would be a good idea, while society collapses off-stage, to remain esconced in their holiday resort for the time being; a similar proleptic dread and torpor afflicts the protagonists of The Country of her Dreams ...

Berry, Stephen Ames

(1947-    ) US systems analyst and data architect, formerly with the US Army Security Agency, and author whose John Harrison/Biofab War sequence of Near Future adventures comprises The Biofab War (1984), The Battle for Terra Two (1986), The AI War (1987) and Final Assault (1988). Military engagements (see Military SF) predominate throughout between the malign, mind-enslaving biological fabricants and the human defenders of Earth, of its Parallel Worlds counterpart Terra Two ...

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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