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Alten, Steve

(1959-    ) US author who is perhaps best known for the Meg sequence, beginning with Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror (1997), which is premised on the survival of a megalodon, an extinct species of giant shark reputed to be the most powerful vertebrate predator (see Evolution) ever to exist. The tale, and its sequel, full of Scientific Errors and Pseudoscience shortcuts, clearly attempts to demonstrate the chthonic power of Horror in SF. Alten has apparently claimed that his ...

Ryan, Charles C

(1946-    ) US editor and publisher. A newspaperman by profession, Ryan is known in the sf world for the two SF Magazines he has edited, Galileo (1975-1980) and Aboriginal Science Fiction (1986-2001), both of which at their peak reached surprisingly high circulations. In 1991, with John Betancourt, he founded the Small Press First Books, designed to publish limited-edition hardcovers of first books by writers discovered by Aboriginal Science Fiction. One of these was Letters ...

New Dimensions

Original-Anthology series (1971-1981) edited by Robert Silverberg. New Dimensions I (anth 1971) appeared when original anthology series were proliferating in the USA, with such titles as Infinity, QUARK/ and Universe. It was one of the longest surviving titles from this period, although it changed publishers several times in order to keep going: #1-#3 from Doubleday, #4 from Signet, #5-#10 from Harper and Row, #11-#12 from Pocket Books. The final volumes, New Dimensions 11 (anth 1980) and New ...

George, Peter

(1924-1966) UK author and ex-RAF officer whose life and career seem to have been dominated by the topic of nuclear World War Three and its consequences. His best-known sf novel, Two Hours to Doom (1958; vt Red Alert 1958) as by Peter Bryant, was a straightforward story in which a war, inaugurated unilaterally by a general applying the principle of pre-emptive defence (an argument which George presents as demonstrating the general's dementia), almost leads to worldwide Holocaust; when the last ...

Lodwick, John

(1916-1959) UK author whose highly competent novels tend to insert somewhat depressive adventurers into a greyed post-World War Two world; of sf interest is Peal of Ordnance (1947), set in Near Future and featuring a distressed soldier who, after being demobbed, blows up the War Office and the Albert Memorial. [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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