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Freireich, Valerie J

(1952-    ) US business transactional attorney and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Ballgame" for Starshore in 1991. Her four novels to date – Becoming Human (1995), Testament (1995), The Beacon (1996) and The Imposter [sic] (1997) – are loosely connected within a broad Space Opera galactic civilization whose dominant union, the Harmony ...


US Semiprozine, published and edited quarterly from Baltimore by Steven E Fick, letter-size format, three issues published, #1 (October) 1993, Winter 1994 and Summer 1994. A professionally produced magazine with eclectic design (each story set in a different font), it was a good example of what computer-aided design could now produce. With an announced print run high for a semiprozine, Expanse began intrepidly, proclaiming in advertisements: "Tired of the ...

Hubschman, Thomas

(1941-    ) US author of two Space Opera adventures, Alpha-II (dated 1979 but 1980) and Space Ark (1981); the latter attempts, with some ambition, to conflate complex Apes as Human issues on a threatened Earth some time in the future, but tends to melodramatics that, in the light of the New Space Opera now ascendant, seem simplistic. [JC]

Wongar, B

Apparent pseudonym of Yugoslav-born author Streten Bozic (1932-    ), in Australia from 1960; for some time, both names gave pause to researchers, as "Streten Bozic" could apparently be understood to mean "Merry Christmas" in Serbian, and "Birimbir Wongar" can be translated, from an Arnhem Land Aboriginal tongue, as something like "Dreaming Soul or Visitor", and "Banumbir Wongar", a version of the name used for a period, can be translated as something like "Spirit ...

van Lorne, Warner

Pseudonym of US author Nelson Tremaine (1907-1971), author under that name of a number of stories in Astounding Science-Fiction from July 1935 to January 1939, plus "Wanted: 7 Fearless Engineers!" (February 1939 Amazing). "The Blue-Men of Yrano" (January 1939 Astounding) is probably the best remembered. His brother, F Orlin Tremaine, wrote at least one van Lorne story. [MJE]

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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