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Sorel, Charles

(?1602-1674) French lawyer, secretary to noble houses and author whose large oeuvre contains little that might reflect an inclination toward Proto SF; the 1602 year of birth, often given, would have him publishing multi-volume novels by his late teens, and birth dates in the 1590s have been suggested. Of some interest, however, are three tales which incorporate elements of the Fantastic Voyage, generally with Satirical intent. The three protagonists of Description de l'isle de Portraiture et de ...

Kohll, Malcolm

(1953-    ) South African-born screenwriter and author, in the UK from 1977, whose Tie to his own Doctor Who script, Doctor Who – Delta and the Bannermen (1989) is of the usual competence required in this universe. [JC]

DeVos, Elisabeth

(1966-    ) US software designer and author, whose first novel, The Seraphim Rising (1997), translates its already extreme Central Florida setting into a Near Future venue infected by a false Messiah, whose exposure as a video producer creates chaos in Orlando. DeVos has written short fiction since this debut; further novels are hoped for. [JC]

Waller, Robert

(1913-2005) UK editor, environmentalist, radio producer, poet and author, active from the 1930s. He is of some sf interest for Shadow of Authority (1956), a Near Future Satire set in a 1980 Britain, where the National Publishing authority (whose internal structure resembles that of the BBC) controls what may be read. His early and troubled interest in the Ecology of an endangered Earth marked much of his later nonfiction, including Be Human or Die (1972) [JC]

SF Site

Web-based science fiction magazine launched by John O'Neill and Rodger Turner in June 1997, making it one of the oldest sf websites still operating regularly. O'Neill left to launch Black Gate, a site devoted primarily to fantasy and gaming (first issue, November 2000) but Turner continues as editor to this day, assisted by Wayne McLaurin and Neil Walsh. Originally published as a rolling series of updates to the home page, the Online Magazine eventually settled into a schedule of two issues per ...

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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