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Aldiss, Margaret

(1933-1997) UK editor and bibliographer, married to Brian W Aldiss. Her three bibliographies of her husband's work – Item Forty-Three; Brian W Aldiss; a Bibliography 1954-1962 (1962 chap) as by Margaret Manson, Item Eighty-Three; Brian W Aldiss; A Bibliography 1954-1972 (1972 chap) and The Work of Brian W Aldiss: An Annotated Bibliography & Guide (1992) – are extremely useful aids to the study of his complicated oeuvre. She also co-edited with Frank Hatherley and Malcolm Edwards ...

Barr, Robert

(1849-1912) Scottish-born editor and author, in Canada 1854-1876, then in the US (working as a journalist) till 1881, afterwards mostly in England; some of his lighter fiction appeared as by Luke Sharp. He co-founded The Idler with William Dunkerley (better known as John Oxenham), co-editing it with Jerome K Jerome from February 1892 to July 1895, editing it solo August 1895 to November 1898; for further details see the magazine entry. In his early Disaster tale, "The Doom of London" (November ...

Colomb, Philip Howard

(1831-1899) UK naval officer and author of several works on naval strategy; he was the main author [with a number of colleagues, see Checklist] of The Great War of 189–: A Forecast (2 January-21 May 1891 Black and White as "The Great War of 1892"; dated 1893 but 1892), a highly detailed Future War description of a very wide-flung "Great War" which begins in the Balkans with an attempted assassination, leading to a conflict where Germany must battle on two fronts; luckily, Belgium (which ...

Turzillo, Mary A

Working name of US academic, poet and author Mary A Turzillo Brizzi (1940-    ), whose scholarly work (see Critical and Historical Works About SF) appeared as by Mary T Brizzi; she is married to Geoffrey A Landis. Most of her fiction has appeared in the form of short stories, beginning with "The Great Age" in Pig Iron: Science Fiction (anth 1982 chap) edited by Rose Sayre and Jim Villani. "Mars is No Place for Children" (May 1999 Science Fiction Age), which won a 2000 Nebula ...

Oliphant, Laurence

(1829-1888) South African-born UK adventurer, diplomat politician and author, well known for nonfiction texts which described his own adventures in Asia, Africa and South America while at the same time advocating solutions to the "problems" he encountered, whether social or military; on more than one occasion these texts were tacitly sponsored by the UK Foreign Office. In 1867, he joined an American Utopian community, the Brotherhood of the New Life, founded by the poet Thomas Lake Harris ...

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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