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Altebrando, Tara

(?   -    ) US author of Young Adult titles, who also writes as by Tara McCarthy, most of her work, beginning with The Pursuit of Happiness (2006), being nonfantastic romances. Leaving (2016) contains hints of Horror in SF. The Possible (2017), in which Telekinesis threatens to further rupture an already seriously ...


An unfailingly popular theme in sf is the discovery, usually by humans, of vast enigmatic constructions – macrostructures or Big Dumb Objects – in space or on other planets. As a rule these have been built by a mysterious, now-disappeared race of Alien intellectual giants (see Forerunners) and humans can only guess at their purpose, though the very fact of being confronted by such ...

Khoury, Raymond

(1960-    ) Lebanon-born investment banker, screenwriter, illustrator and author, mostly either in US from 1975 or latterly in the UK. His Last Templar sequence beginning with The Last Templar (2005), in which a contemporary archaeologist begins to discover, via papers and treasure hidden in a pouch, the true Secret Masters history of the Knights Templar; she is soon joined by an FBI agent. Some scenes are set in the ...

Fantastic Adventures Yearbook

One of the many reprint Digest-size magazines issued by Sol Cohen's Ultimate Publishing Co, which in 1965 had bought rights to the Ziff-Davis sf magazines. Its only issue, containing stories reprinted from Fantastic Adventures 1949-1952, was released in 1970. [BS/PN] links / ...

Quaggiato, R R

(?   -    ) US author in whose The Republic: Traitor (2017) an unelected President, in a Near Future America which has just suffered the loss by assassination of both houses of Congress, establishes an idealistic Dystopia, but begins to lose his mind under the stress of terrorist plots. [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. ...

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