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Kayser, Martha

(1871-?   ) US author whose Utopia, The Aerial Flight to the Realm of Peace (1922), features a form of Space Flight (see also Balloons) to a planet much like Earth except that everyone is united in a kind of conflict-free family inspired by conflict-free worship in a single Supreme Being. Faith (1931; rev vt Heaven Is Here 1938 as M C Kayser) as Martha Cabanné Kayser promulgates a similar outcome, but without the trappings. Kayser seems to have adapted Faith at least twice ...

Howard, Robin G

(1939-    ) UK author of the Jim Long sequence of Space Opera adventures for Young Adult readers, comprising Jim Long – Space Agent – Ancient Ones of Light (1994), White Hole: Jim Long – Space Agent (2000), Soulgate: Temple of Souls (2006), Divine Fanaticism (2010) and Battle of the Archangel (2012 ebook), plus the related collection Adventures in Space & Fiction Fantasy (coll 2015 ebook). All the tales are episodic, but the second unusually features a ...

Masaki Gorō

(1957-    ) Japanese author who won the 1987 Hayakawa SF Contest for new writers competition with his debut story collection Evil Eyes (coll 1988). This and his subsequent work largely reflect a Cyberpunk sensibility, particularly the Seiun Award-winning Venus City (1992), whose female office-worker protagonist habitually enters Virtual Reality as a male Avatar. Similar Gender issues confront the male protagonist of the sado-masochistic erotic novel Shadow Orchid (2002), a ...

Ni Kuang

Main writing name of Ni Cong (1935-    ), a Chinese author whose life began unpromisingly as a teenage drop-out, before his swift rise through the ranks of the Communist Party security police. Accused of counter-revolutionary activities, he fled to Hong Kong in 1957 and embraced anti-Communist fiction with all the zeal of a convert. His first professional sale, the non-genre Huomai ["Buried Alive"] (December 1957 Keung Sheung Daily News) was a grotesque account of Communist ...

Weekley, Richard

(1945-    ) US teacher, poet and author of an sf Satire, The Adventures of Chet Blake – Plastic Man (1975), in which a Near Future rock group upsets the applecart, exposing some of the flaws of the new world. [JC]

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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