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Masson, Richard

(1943-2013) UK sailor and author whose work was restricted to the Young Adult market. Of sf interest is Boonie (2013), set in a Dystopian Near Future land whose rulers tyrannize those outside the privileged within the City. With its emphasis on the desperate hardscrabble existence of anyone deprived of water in a world where rain no longer falls, the tale enforces a rigorous focus on issues of Ecological devastation, some passages being suitably painful to read. The alliance between the young ...

Carruth, Hayden

(1862-1932) US author and literary editor of The Women's Home Companion; The Adventures of Jones (coll of linked stories 1895), in which Jones tell his audience various tall tales, some of them sf, some of them about his own Inventions; during the course of these narratives, much contemporary sf – including the fading vogue for the extraordinary voyage (see Fantastic Voyages) is spoofed. [JC]

Silver, R Norman

Pseudonym of UK author George Knight (?   -?   ). Novels of sf interest under this name include The Golden Dwarf: A Sensational Romance of Today (1903), in which a Mad Scientist attempts – surgically, as in H G Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) – to transform young children into dwarfs and giants (see Great and Small); and Warders of the Deep: A Romance of Love, Invention and a Great City (1903), which features an apparently Utopian City Under ...

Hyslop, Theo B

(1863-1933) Scots physician, medical superintendent at Bethlem Hospital in London, author of various medical textbooks and of Laputa Revisited by Gulliver Redivivus in 1905 (1905), a Gulliver tale that mildly applies Satire to some turn-of-the-century usual suspects. [JC/SH]

Boxleitner, Bruce

(1950-    ) US actor whose best-known genre role is as Captain Sheridan in Babylon 5 (1993-1998). He is also credited with two sf novels: the Frontier Earth sequence, comprising Frontier Earth (1999) and Frontier Earth: Searcher (2001), combines Space Opera and Western with some deftness in the ongoing story of an enigmatic gunman who roams nineteenth-century Western venues in an attempt to forestall an Alien invasion. William H Keith Jr has claimed credit for ghostwriting ...

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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