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Adams, Harriet Stratemeyer

(1892-1982) US author and, after the death of her father Edward Stratemeyer in 1930, editor of his publishing syndicate. Under a variety of house names, including Carolyn Keene, Franklin W Dixon and Laura Lee Hope, she was herself responsible for writing approximately 170 of the Stratemeyer Syndicate novels about the Bobbsey Twins, the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and others; for further titles, she supplied plots and outlines. Under the House Name Victor Appleton she wrote the last three volumes in ...

Miller, Walter M, Jr

(1923-1996) US author who before beginning to publish served in World War Two as a pilot, flying combat missions; he then converted to Catholicism, in 1947. Miller began publishing sf with "Secret of the Death Dome" in Amazing in 1951, and over the ten years of his active writing career released about forty more tales, many of which had a deep impact upon the field. During the 1950s, a time when US sf tended to express its new-found interest in character through stories whose rigid formulae ...

Holden, Richard Cort

(1918-1984) US author, whose family was closely involved with Robert Frost (1874-1963), in whose sf novel, Snow Fury (1955), a scientist's experiments in Weather Control cause a Disaster in New England; the ultimate source of the problem may be an Alien lifeform. [JC]


Sf stories based on serious speculations about future means of transportation are greatly outnumbered by stories in which those means function as facilitating devices – i.e., as convenient ways of shifting characters into an alien environment. Inevitably, the same kinds of machines crop up in both categories of story because stories of the second kind borrow heavily from those of the first. Spaceships have been employed by sf writers almost exclusively as a literary device; few stories ...

Russell, Gary

(1963-    ) UK author who has concentrated almost exclusively on Ties for the Doctor Who universe, beginning with The New Adventures: Legacy (1994) in the Doctor Who: New Adventures sequence, his most recent title being Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos (2009); The Torchwood Archives (2008) is a tie to the Television spinoff series, Torchwood (2006-   ), set in a Steampunk version of Victorian England. Some of his nonfiction, including three books on the film ...

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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