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Spitz, Jacques

(1896-1963) French author, perhaps the central French sf author of the 1930s/1940s, whose Scientific Romances tended to the apocalyptic, and whose occasional uplift endings were riddled with doubt. His first sf novel, L'agonie du globe (1935; trans Margaret Mitchiner as Sever the Earth 1936), describes the consequences attendant upon a geological Disaster which splits the planet into two halves 50 miles (80km) apart, the portion containing America soon colliding with the Moon; there are no ...

Jay, Victor

Pseudonym of Victor J Banis (1937-2019), who is perhaps best known for transgressive 1960s novels like The Affairs of Gloria (1964), which was unsuccessfully prosecuted for obscenity by officials in Sioux City, Iowa, and for The Man from C.A.M.P. sequence of gay detective novels. Early pseudonyms include Jay Vickery, under which he wrote one sf novel, Man Into Boy (1968), and the House Name J X Williams; in the 1970s he wrote gothic romances as by Jan Alexander and Lynn Benedict and other ...

Tanton, Bruce

(1946-    ) UK-born author in Australia from the age of nine; of his Young Adult novels, one is sf, The Jericho Factor (1993), a Space Opera in which Homo sapiens is threatened by an Alien intelligence. [JC]

Bernard, John

Pseudonym of Irish author Annie O'Meara de Vic Beamish (1883-1969), who founded and operated language schools on the Continent, and who was author of at least two dog books. Her novel The New Race of Devils (1921) describes a Near-Future German plan to create a new race through artificial insemination (see Eugenics); in the main section of the tale, set in 1934, an amoral Superman, about to become instrumental in an Invasion of England by channel tunnel, finds love. The King's Missal (1934) as ...

Winchester, Mark

(?   -?   ) UK author, possibly pseudonymous, of boys' stories, those of most sf interest being Lord of the Lonely Isle (1940), a Lost Race tale set on a mysterious Island in the South Pacific, whose previously undiscovered inhabitants include the descendants of pirates, and a race of giant apes; and The Secret Treasure (1947), which locates its mild-mannered Lost Race, descended from Incas, in Peru. [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. 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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