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Sullivan, Tim

(1948-    ) US actor, editor and author who began publishing sf with stories like "Tachyon Rag" for Unearth in Spring 1977 as Timothy Robert Sullivan, "My Father's Head" for Chrysalis 5 (anth 1979) edited by Roy Torgeson and "The Rauncher Goes to Tinker Town" for New Dimensions 9 (anth 1979) edited by Robert Silverberg, tales whose sophistication led to some disappointment when his first-published novels turned out to be three Ties to the "V" (1983-1985) Television series, a ...

Donaldson, Stephen R

(1947-    ) US author who remains best known for his three formidably ambitious Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever high-fantasy sequences, the first two of which established him as a Fantasy writer of central importance in the 1970s and 1980s [for detailed commentary see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. He was the winner of the John W Campbell Award for most promising new writer in 1979. In Mordant's Need, a fantasy diptych comprising The Mirror of ...


Jesus Christ or Jesus of Nazareth, the central figure of the Christian Religion, is here considered solely in the sf context as a frequent (though rarely foregrounded) Icon character in genre fiction. Perhaps the first notable Genre SF appearance is in Ray Bradbury's "The Man" (February 1949 Thrilling Wonder), featuring successive incarnations on different planets and a frantically travelling protagonist for whom Christ is an ever-elusive Godot. In M P Shiel's This Above All (1933; vt Above All ...

Heydon, J K

(1884-1947) Australian businessman and author whose World D: A Brief Account of the Founding of Helioxenon (1935), as told to him by "Hal P. Trevarthen, Official Historian of the Superficies", describes the creation of an Under-the-Sea culture, Helioxenon; the detail is considerable, sometimes Catholic. On the jacket the novel is credited to Trevarthen. [JC]

Sapiro, Leland

(1924-2013) US critic and Fanzine editor, active in Fandom since 1962. He is best known for editing and publishing Riverside Quarterly (which see), which ran from 1964 to 1993 and whose content leant towards that of an Academic Journal. Most of Sapiro's critical writing, under his own name and his occasional pseudonym Yogi Borel, was published in this venue; an early example was the serialized essay "The Faustus Tradition in the Early Science Fiction Story" (August 1964-February 1965 Riverside ...

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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