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Vaughan, Herbert M

(1870-1948) Welsh local historian, bibliographer and author, administratively involved in World War One though not in active service. He is of sf interest primarily for two novels. Meleager: A Fantasy (1916) is set on a miniature version of Earth and the Solar System (see Great and Small), where a Eugenic Dystopia ensures the death of defective children, and women have no rights (see Women in SF). The Dial of Ahaz (1917) posits a universe full of versions of Earth, each of which varies ...

King, Vincent

Pseudonym of UK author, artist and teacher Rex Thomas Vinson (1935-2000) ("King" being a play on "Rex"), who worked in Cornwall and began publishing sf with "Defence Mechanism" for New Writings in SF No 9 (anth 1966) edited by E J Carnell. His first novel, Light a Last Candle (1969), perhaps overcomplicatedly portrays a world almost entirely conquered by a Hive Mind composed of intelligent molluscs from Underground, leaving only the poles inhabitable by humans. His later novels similarly tend ...

Hoffman, Lee

Working name of US sf fan and author Shirley Bell Hoffman (1932-2007), married (1956-1958) to Larry T Shaw. She first became known in the field for her two influential Fanzines, Quandry (30 issues 1950-1953) and Science-Fiction Five-Yearly (12 issues on the stated schedule, 1951-2006); the latter won the fanzine Hugo after her death. Between 1979 and 1983, Hoffman published three historical romances as Georgia York, though she is probably best known for her Westerns, of which she wrote ...

Caldwell, Taylor

(1900-1985) UK-born author, in US from childhood, who concentrated on extremely successful suspense-filled family sagas. Her first sf novel, The Devil's Advocate (1952), though set in 1970, is effectively a right-wing denunciation of the New Deal of the 1930s, whose welfare policies (it suggests) have made an oppressive Dystopia inevitable; fortunately, rebels known as the Minute Men are destined to save the day. Her second effort, Your Sins and Mine (1955), is fundamentally Fantasy, in that ...

Newman, John

(1927-    ) UK research chemist and author who collaborated with Kenneth Bulmer on a long series of science articles for New Worlds and Nebula Science Fiction 1955-1961 under the name Kenneth Johns. Earlier, Newman had contributed many science essays under his own name to New Worlds and occasionally Nebula. In Then #2, Rob Hansen records that Newman was the organizer of Britain's first post-war sf Convention, Whitcon, held at the White Horse pub in London on 15 May 1948 (see ...

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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