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Schuyler, George S

(1895-1977) US author whose first sf novel, Black No More: Being an Account of the Strange and Wonderful Workings of Science in the Land of the Free, A.D. 1933-1940 (1931) is a Satire featuring the Invention of a cosmetic treatment is that can bleach Blacks permanent white; the protagonist, now white (for what that means: Schuyler scathingly mocks any understanding of race as being defined by anything more significant than external circumstances), becomes a leading member of the Ku Klux Klan ...

DuPrau, Jeanne

(1944-    ) US author of Young Adult novels, those of specific sf interest being her City of Ember sequence – The City of Ember (2003), The People of Sparks (2004) and The Prophet of Yonwood (2006), all three assembled as The Books of Ember (omni 2008), plus The Diamond of Darkhold (2008) – set in a Ruined Earth two centuries after the Holocaust; the City of Ember is an underground Keep or Pocket Universe – its inhabitants seem unaware of the surface of the ...

Theobald, Robert

(1929-1999) Indian-born economist and author, in UK from 1945, in US from around 1960; an exponent of the need for alternative Technologies and strategies to survive the turn of the century (see Futures Studies); his several texts culminate in An Alternative Future for America's Third Century (1976). His sf novel, Teg's 1994: An Anticipation of the Near Future (1972) with J M Scott, carries on these concerns through a series of dialogues between George Orwell-Fellowship-winner Teg and various ...

Foster, Sesshu

(1957-    ) US poet and author, much of whose poetry has focused on the political and cultural implications of his Japanese-American heritage; of sf interest is Atomik Aztec (2005), within whose gonzo riffs can be detected an Alternate History novel in which the Aztec nation, having long before defeated the invading Europeans, is engaged, during a different version of World War Two, in the defence of Russia against the invading Nazis. There are many additional plot strands. ...

Meeker, Nathan Cook

(1817-1879) US journalist with the New York Tribune; developer who, backed by his editor Horace Greeley (1811-1872), founded the Union Colony in the Colorado Territory on Utopian lines; and Indian Agent for the federal government, in which capacity he was killed by Utes driven to that extremity by his insistence that they take up farming and observe the Christian Religion; and author. He is of sf interest for his Lost Race tale, Life and Adventures of Capt. Jacob D Armstrong (1852 chap) ...

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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