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Saunders, W J

(1873-1928) UK postman and author, in whose sf novel, Kalomera: The Story of a Remarkable Community (1911), travellers discover a mountain Utopia governed clemently but bureaucratically, without poverty or War. All ends well. [JC]

Moore, Steve

(1949-2014) UK author, principally for Comics, who was associated with 2000 AD from its earliest days and wrote many of this magazine's Tharg's Future Shocks one-off tales (including the department's first contribution) from 1977 to 2005; he also wrote the Doctor Who strip for Doctor Who Weekly (later Doctor Who Monthly) 1979-1981 and was involved in the creation of the UK anthology comic Warrior (1982-1985), for which he scripted several sf and fantasy serials. He was a contributing editor of ...

Geoffroy, Louis

Working name of French author Louis-Napoleon Geoffroy-Chateau (1803-1858), whose Napoléon et la conquête du monde, 1812-1832: Histoire de la monarchie universalle (1836; rev vt Napoléon Apocryphe: Histoire de la conquête du monde et de la monarchie universalle 1841; trans as Napoléon and the Conquest of the World 1812-1832: A Fictional History 1994) is an early – perhaps the first genuine – Alternate History, depicting Napoleon's astute strategy in ...

Edmonds, Gill

(?   -    ) UK teacher and author whose first novel, The Common (1984), is a Dystopian vision of a Near-Future London where the texture of life has been brutalized by Overpopulation; the common of the title – South London Commons – becomes a haunt of feral children. The Silkie (1986) is fantasy about Scottish mermaids. [JC]

Mines, Samuel

(1909-1998) US editor who worked from 1942 for Standard Magazines, the chain that published Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories. Although an sf enthusiast – he published four stories in Thrilling Wonder Stories, beginning with "Find the Sculptor" in 1946 – he concentrated mainly editing on non-sf pulps until Sam Merwin Jr left the company in 1951, whereupon he took over the editorship of Startling Stories (November 1951-Fall 1954), Thrilling Wonder (December 1951-Summer ...

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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