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Kinsella, W P

(1935-2016) Canadian author whose first stories, assembled as Dance Me Outside (coll 1977) and Scars (coll 1978), deal with Native Canadians, centring on the figure of Silas Ermineskin. He remains best known, however, for his Baseball tales, several examples of which are discussed in that entry; these can be found in such collections as The Thrill of the Grass (coll 1984), The Alligator Report (coll 1985), The Further Adventures of Slugger McBatt: Baseball Stories (coll 1988), The Dixon ...

Smith, Dick

(1922-2014) US visual effects expert active from the 1950s through the 1990s in both films and Television in various genres; he is of particular importance for Horror and sf projects. Pursuing a career in make-up after US Army service during World War Two, Smith spent several years trying to break into Cinema before beginning work in the late 1950s for the newer medium of Television. He worked on many television programmes and some low-budget films; among the latter are The Flame Barrier (1958) ...

Pelton, Guy Cathcart

(1887-1965) Canadian-born author, in the US from 1923; his sf novella, An Atomic Visitor (1946 chap), is about an Alien from Venus who comes to Earth, and leaves. [JC]

Zindell, David

(1952-    ) US author with a degree in mathematics who began publishing sf with "The Dreamer's Sleep" for Fantasy Book in December 1984. His career properly began, however, when he won the Writers of the Future Contest with "Shanidar" (in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, anth 1985, ed Algis Budrys), which was modified into the first part of his first novel, the long and remarkable Neverness (1988), the first instalment of the Neverness/Requiem for Homo Sapiens ...

Cruls, Gastão

(1888-1959) Brazilian publisher, author, physician, astronomer and geographer. His novel A Amazônia Misteriosa (1925; trans J T W Sadler as The Mysterious Amazonia 1944) seems to be the first Brazilian tale of the fantastic set in the Amazon; it is a Lost World novel, set during World War One, in which explorers discover a race of women warriors (see Women in SF) of Incan descent, far up the river basin. A German Scientist is found living among them, using captured Indian warriors (who ...

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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