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Becker, Muriel R

(1924-2008) US academic, author and critic who also wrote as Muriel Becker and under her full name Muriel Rogow Becker; she began to publish work of genre interest with a review in Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review for December 1979, continuing to criticize sf in this journal and its successor Fantasy Review until 1987. Her major contribution to genre scholarship is the Clifford D Simak study Clifford D. Simak: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography (1980), which includes a useful ...

Bernard, John

Pseudonym of Irish author Annie O'Meara de Vic Beamish (1883-1969), who founded and operated language schools on the Continent, and who was author of at least two dog books. Her novel The New Race of Devils (1921) describes a Near-Future German plan to create a new race through artificial insemination (see Eugenics); in the main section of the tale, set in 1934, an amoral Superman, about to become instrumental in an Invasion of England by channel tunnel, finds love. The King's Missal (1934) as ...

Nevins, Jess

Working name of US reference librarian and author John J Nevins (1966-    ), most of whose work to date has been nonfiction, with an emphasis on Fantastika, initially focusing on the study and annotation of Superhero Comics; he began to publish fiction with "A Jest, to Pass the Time" in Gentlemen of the Night, anth 2006, edited by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier. His first novel, The Datong Incident (2016), is an Alternate History set in early twentieth-century ...

Kantor, MacKinlay

(1904-1977) US author best known for such works outside the sf field as Andersonville (1955), a long novel set during the US Civil War, the area of his deepest concern. That war is also the setting for If the South Had Won the Civil War (22 November 1960 Look; 1961; exp as coll 2001), the Alternate-History thesis of the title being a favourite crux for US writers in the genre; the Jonbar Point in this case is the sudden death of General Grant, leading to a division of America into three ...

Weird Circle, The

Radio series (1943-1945), RCA Recording Services. Syndicated for the Mutual Broadcasting System and the NBC Red Radio Network. Staff writers included Peggy Mayer. Announcers/narrators: unknown. 79 30-minute episodes. / Primarily a Horror, mystery and suspense anthology series, The Weird Circle also offered some adaptations of early sf stories. These include The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838) by Edgar Allan Poe (5 August 1943); The Haunted and the Haunters, or The House ...

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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