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McGee, Katharine

(1988-    ) US author whose first series, the Young Adult romance-inflected Thousandth Floor sequence beginning with The Thousandth Floor (2016), takes place in and around the eponymous Keep-like high-rise in moderately Near Future New York, with the poor inhabiting lower floors and the rich the regions above. In sf tales featuring diagrammatic structures of this sort, the most famous being J G Ballard's High-Rise (1975) – filmed as High-Rise (2016) directed by Ben ...

Slater, Jim

(1929-2015) UK financier and occasional author in whose Young Adult sf novel, The Boy Who Saved Earth (1979), a young Alien visitor uses his Telepathic powers and superior intellect to stave off an Invasion of Earth by bad aliens. [JC]

Straus, Ralph

(1882-1950) UK author who also published as by Ralph Strode; his only sf novel, The Dust which Is God: An Undimensional Adventure (1907 chap), confronts a frustrated scientist (see Mad Scientist) whose mentor from another Dimension serves as his Virgilian guide on a tour of various exemplary planets (see Cosmology; Utopia), where he learns that the goal of Evolution – which is to say "the Evolution of the superman" (see Superman) – is to realize the god within us. That this tale was ...

Cox, A B

(1893-1971) UK author, best known for detective stories as by Anthony Berkeley and as by Francis Iles; he also wrote some fantasies and at least two sf works: The Professor on Paws (1926), in which a man's brain is transplanted into the family cat (see Identity Transfer), but – in an odd prefiguration of Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon (April 1959 F&SF; exp 1966) – gradually finds his human intellect fading into the cunning stupor of his feline host; and The Merchant Prince; ...

Rae, Shana

(?   -    ) US author of a Near Future Sex novel, Open Legs (1977). [JC]

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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