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Dee, John

(1527-1609) UK mathematician, astrologer, cartographer, Neoplatonist and Hermetic philosopher influential in the complex currents of the sixteenth-century English Renaissance; along with figures like Roger Bacon, he is an underlying model for later generations of the magus: half-Scientist, half-sorcerer. Because Dee stands on the cusp of worlds, and because of the passion with which he attempted to arrive at the truth behind the sleep of matter, he has attracted some attention over the ...

Patrice, Helen

(1964-    ) Australian poet and author who began to publish work of genre interest as Helen Sargeant, beginning with "The Questing Knight" in Far Out 3 for 1986, but who is best known for the set of linked poems assembled as A Woman of Mars: The Poems of an Early Homesteader (coll 2011 chap), during which the narrator travels with her lover to Mars and settles there. Some of the imagery reflects, with measured nostalgia, Ray Bradbury's in The Martian Chronicles (coll of ...

Gaskell, Jane

Working name of Jane Gaskell Lynch (1941-    ), UK author whose several books of genre interest include her first, Strange Evil (1957), written when she was fourteen; it features fairies from another world, claustrophobic conflicts in that world, and an aura of Gothic pubescence throughout. King's Daughter (1958) is set in ancient Atlantis, where a cache of even more ancient nerve gas is discovered; the book is remotely connected, through a shared character, with the Cija ...

Cox, Stephen R

(?   -    ) US soldier and author who wrote initially, as by Ben Sloane, the Horn sequence beginning with Horn: Hot Zone (1990) featuring a Cyborg police officer named Max Horn in Near Future New York. As the adventures escalate, his built-in Weapons are enhanced, regularly. The Mutant Hunter sequence beginning with Mutant Hunter: Legends of the Fallout (2011 ebook) is set in a Post-Holocaust America threatened by Mutants; the protagonist is a bounty hunter. ...


Known usually by its acronym, the Spectator Amateur Press Society (1947-current) is one of the oldest APAs to emerge from sf Fandom; only FAPA (which see) and VAPA (Vanguard Amateur Press Association, 1945-1950) were of earlier origin. SAPS was first launched by the New Jersey fan group known as the Spectators, also founded in 1947 and short-lived, which left only the APA as a lasting legacy. Founding members included Joe Kennedy, in later years more widely known as the poet X J Kennedy. ...

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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