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Abrams, J J

(1966-    ) US creator of Cinema productions and Television series, including works of major genre interest in both categories. In a precocious debut at age 15 he wrote the music for the Horror in SF film Nightbeast (1982) directed by Don Dohler (see The Alien Factor). Early sf work as screenwriter includes the movies Forever Young (1992) – of which he was also executive producer – and Armageddon (1998) with Jonathan Hensleigh and others. His debut as film ...

McLoughlin, John C

(1949-    ) US author whose first novel, The Helix and the Sword (1983), is set partly in a Ruined Earth venue five millennia hence, where Mutant beasts have filled the niches abandoned by the remaining humans, who live in Space Habitats restricted to the solar system; when Earth is found to be once again inhabitable, an Adam and Eve coupling of humans on the surface points to recovery. McLoughlin's second novel, Toolmaker Koan (1987), sets up a renewed Cold War tussle ...

Lovegrove, James

(1965-    ) UK author who also writes as Jay Amory (note play on his name) and has set crosswords for UK newspapers as Jael; his first novel, The Hope (1990) – set on a vast ocean liner as evocative of the topos of the Ship of Fools as it is of the Generation Starship or the Pocket Universe – is vigorously Equipoisal in a manner typical of his work as whole. His second novel, Escardy Gap (1996) with Peter Crowther, a Godgame gone out of control in a town driven ...

Leinster, Murray

Pseudonym – pronounced "Lenster" as in the Irish province of Leinster – under which US author William Fitzgerald Jenkins (1896-1975) was best known in the sf field, and under which he wrote almost all his work in the genre; the exceptions were a few novels as Jenkins [see below] and some stories in magazines, mainly those in the Bud Gregory series as by William Fitzgerald, plus a small number as by Will Jenkins or Will F Jenkins. Leinster began publishing fiction in 1916, and was ...

Bosse, Malcolm

(1926-2002) US author of novels for adult and Young Adult readerships, best known for The Warlord (1983) which, like most of his work, is an historical fiction. Of genre interest are Cave Beyond Time (1980), whose orphaned, 15-year-old protagonist Time Travels from an Arizona archaeological dig to three different ancient eras, where he undergoes rites of passage into acceptance of his maturing self; and Mister Touch (1991), whose protagonists trek across a Post-Holocaust America still disabled ...

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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