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Yumemakura Baku

(1951-    ) Writing name of Mineo Yoneyama, a fiercely prolific Japanese author whose work spans hundreds of volumes encompassing the depths of Pulp and the heights of literary awards. The concentration here is on his works as author, although much of his impact outside Japan is as the scriptwriter or original source for adaptations of his work into other media, including Manga, Cinema, and a theatrical collaboration with Yoshitaka Amano, as well as the Garō-den ...

Williams, F P

(1848-1930) US author of Hallie Marshall: A True Daughter of the South (1900), an Alternate History in which the South has won the American Civil War after its victory at Gettysburg; as witnessed by a visitor from our world, the "Southland", which retains slavery, continues to flourish in 1900. Blacks, here normally called darkies, are more than content (see Race in SF). The visitor falls in love with Hallie Marshall, but is wrested back to cruel New England. [JC]

Trout, Kilgore

An imaginary but hugely prolific sf-writer character in Kurt Vonnegut Jr's God Bless You, Mr Rosewater (1965), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Breakfast of Champions (1973) and such later novels as Jailbird (1979) and Timequake (1997), rather obviously echoing the name of Theodore Sturgeon. The name was first used as a pseudonym by L W Currey and David G Hartwell for a short bibliography, SF-I: A Selective Bibliography (1971 chap), and later (there was a row about this) by Philip José Farmer ...

Rameau, Jean

Pseudonym of French author Laurent Labaigt (1858-1942), who first became well-known with the contes cruels assembled in Fantasmagories, histoires rapides ["Phantasmagorias: Rapid Tales"] (coll 1887), which contains some of the best examples of his very large output (reportedly 5,000 short stories in all); though condensed into a kind of surreal pointillism, sf motifs – the use of electricity as a universal Power Source, and portraits of the Paris of the future – can be detected. ...

Atom Squad

Juvenile tv series (1953-1954). NBC-TV. Produced by Larry White and Adam Samish. Directed by Joe Behar. Written by Paul Monash. Cast includes Robert Courtleigh, Bob Hastings, Bram Nossen and Harrison Sheppard. Unknown number of 15-minute episodes. Black and white. / The Atom Squad is a top-secret organization protecting the USA from various threats involving radiation or nuclear energy, often as the result of sabotage or attacks from Communist spies, though Aliens are also encountered on ...

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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