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Manning, P L

(?   -    ) UK author, possibly pseudonymous, whose sf novel, The Destroyers (1958), is set on Mars, some time after Earth has been destroyed in a nuclear World War Three. After surviving for some time, the Genetically Engineered human remnant on Mars is driven back to Earth by the original Martians, who have suddenly returned to their home planet. [JC]

Rolfe, Frederick

(1860-1913) UK author and eccentric, known as much for claiming the name Baron Corvo as for his writing. The nine Reviews of Unwritten Books (February-June 1903 The Monthly Review; plus one added piece December 1904 Gentleman's Magazine; coll 1985-1988 4vols each chap) with Sholto Douglas are an early articulation of the concept of Alternate History, if only in a nonfiction format (one of the reviews, for instance, being of "Machiavelli's Despatches from the South African Campaign"). Hubert's ...

Hurd, Douglas

(1930-    ) UK Conservative politician and author, in the former capacity serving his government between 1984 and 1995 at Cabinet level. His sf novels are, perhaps understandably, Near-Future thrillers in which the UK must survive threats from within and without (see Politics). Send Him Victorious (1968) with Andrew Osmond (1938-1999) is the first of the Harvey sequence tracing the consequences of political upheaval: initially from internal threats, then in The Smile on the ...

DC Super Hero Girls

US animated tv series (2019-current). Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment. Based on the DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Developed by Lauren Faust. Executive producers: Lauren Faust and Sam Register. Directors include Noëlle Raffaele, John Sanford and Steve Stefanelli. Writers include Lauren Faust and M A Larson. Voice cast includes Kimberly Brooks, Will Friedle, Grey Griffin, Cassandra Lee Morris, Tara Strong, Nicole Sullivan, Myrna Velasco and Kari ...

Roberts, Andrew

(1963-    ) UK journalist, historian and author much of whose work has focused on the history of Great Britain from a conservative position, during the course of which he has argued that George W Bush's term of office as American President was successful due to his prosecution of the second Iraq War. Of sf interest is The Aachen Memorandum (1995), a spoofish Near Future thriller in which UK fears of cultural obliteration within the Dystopian EEC are not so much guyed as ...

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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