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Smith, Walter J

(1917-?2011) UK author of two sf novels, The Grand Voyage (1973) and Fourth Gear (1974), for Robert Hale Limited. More interestingly than some contributions to this publisher's sf series, the first tale involves a protagonist who joins the eponymous Voyage via Time Travel, and searches for earlier travellers who have mysteriously disappeared. / Smith apparently adopted the middle name James ...

Godfrey, Hal

Pseudonym of Irish journalist and author Charlotte O'Conor Eccles (1863-1911), who began to publish nonfiction work on Feminist issues in Irish periodicals, and whose later career was centred on London; she normally used her actual name. Her sf novel, The Rejuvenation of Miss Semaphore: A Farcical Novel (1897), seemingly her only work as by Godfrey, very alertly the Time in Reverse life experienced by the protagonist ...

Wijeratne, Yudhanjaya

(1992-    ) Sri Lankan author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Dreadnaught" in The Expanding Universe: Volume Three (anth 2017) edited by Craig Martelle. His first novel, the Near Future Numbercaste (2017 ebook), embroils its protagonist in a vast information-resource firm called NumberCorp whose goal – slightly anticipating the third season of Westworld ...

Gayle, Henry K

(1910-?   ) UK-born author (possibly pseudonymous) and civil servant long resident in Canada whose horror/sf novel, Spawn of the Vortex (1957), plays on the nuclear-testing Paranoia of the 1950s. Underwater tests activate a horde of Monsters who advance upon the USA. [JC]

Smeaton, Oliphant

(1856-1914) Scottish editor and author in whose Lost Race tale for boys, A Mystery of the Pacific (1899), three young Englishmen searching for a lost relative penetrate a mysterious Sargasso Sea-like barrier in the South Pacific and are taken in a trireme to a giant Island inhabited – they think exclusively – by descendants of ancient Romans. As the plot thickens, however, they discover ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...



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