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Barry, Richard

(1881-1958) screenwriter, theatrical producer and author, active from around 1905; his Fruit of the Desert (September 1919 Short Stories as "The Secret of the Desert"; exp 1920) is a Lost Race Western set in desert California and featuring survivors of the Aztec Empire. Several long tales of potential interest appeared only in magazines; they include "Sea Lure" (20-27 February 1926 Argosy), "The Sun Test" (17 September-22 October 1927 Argosy) and "The Plumed Serpent" (28 December 1928-18 ...

Trollope, Anthony

(1815-1882) UK author whose most famous novels make up the Barchester Chronicles, and whose portrayal of the state of England was more voluminously expressed, and perhaps more exact, than any other novelist's of stature before or since his time; his posthumous nonfiction study, The New Zealander (written 1855-1856; 1972), was designed to stave off for as long as possible the fate of England promulgated by Lord Macaulay through his famous 1840 image of a future New Zealander gazing upon the ...

Moers, Walter

(1957-    ) German comics writer/illustrator and author, most of whose early work was in Comics, of greatest sf interest being the Adolf, die Nazisau ["Adolf, the Nazi Pig"] sequence, comprising Adolf (graph 1998) and Adolf, Teil 2 ["Adolf, Part 2"] (graph 1999), a Satirical Alternate History tale in which Hitler and Hermann Goering, who have both survived World War Two, are hired by the American CIA to assassinate various figures, including President Kennedy and Martin ...

Lafargue, Philip

Pseudonym of UK author and physician Joseph Henry Philpot (1850-1939), whose The Forsaken Way: A Romance (1900) depicts a devastated UK, at the close of the twentieth century, as a Decadent and therefore romantic ruin (see Ruins and Futurity). After falling in love, the protagonist leaves his monastery and starts a new life. [JC]

Graham, J M

(?   -    ) UK author of a routine sf novel for Robert Hale Limited, Voice from Earth (1972), in which a returning Spaceship finds Earth is now depopulated; issues of Relativity are invoked. [JC/DRL]

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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