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Prior, Ann

(1949-    ) New Zealand author whose Young Adult tale The Sky Cage (1967) is of some sf interest for its depiction of the Invasion of an unnamed City and of the young protagonist' escape to a world Underground. [JC]

Braine, Robert D

(1861-1943) US musician and author of Messages from Mars by the Aid of the Telescope Plant (1892), in which a shipwrecked sailor, finding the eponymous plant on the mysterious Pacific Island of Roxana, is seized by the natives, who transport him to a Lost World where they demonstrate to him the use of the plant to maintain Communications with Mars. The civilization inhabiting Mars, which is described at length, is a technocratic, socialistic, peaceful Utopia; the contrasts with contemporary ...

Rousseau, Victor

Working name of UK-born author Avigdor Rousseau Emanuel (1879-1960), who also used the pseudonym H M Egbert on his sf, though not exclusively, and signed as V R Emanuel for other work; born of a Jewish father and a French mother – as Sam Moskowitz writes in Under the Moons of Mars (anth 1970) – he lived more and more in the USA after his first arrival in 1901, with periods back in the UK, and in Canada 1912-1916, when much of his significant work was written. After a non-genre ...

Greeley, Andrew M

(1928-2013) US Roman Catholic priest, academic in the field of sociology, and author, beginning with nonfiction books about the Roman Catholic Church, which he treated from a liberal standpoint that was congenial to many non-believers; the first of these studies was The Social Effects of Catholic Education (1961). Most of his fiction was not fantastic in nature, though some of his detective novels contain paranormal elements; and he was always more inclined to write Fantasy than sf, beginning ...

Hughes, Matthew

(1949-    ) UK-born author, in Canada from a very early age, who has also published, under slightly unfocused variations of his name, some non-fantastic work as Matt Hughes and as Hugh Matthews. He began to publish short crime fiction as early as 1982, publishing short work of genre interest only well after releasing the Fillidor Vesh series – one of the several groups of stories and novels making up the overarching Archonate sequence – and comprising Fools ...

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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