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Sedberry, J Hamilton

(1863-1931) US author known only for Under the Flag of the Cross (1908), in which a valiant US Army fights off a rather belated Yellow Peril: a Mongolian-Japanese Invasion in 2005 armed with electric rifles (Weapons). [JC]

Evans, I O

(1894-1977) South-African-born editor and author, in UK from an early age, and a UK civil servant from 1912; he was in active service throughout World War One. His first book of sf relevance was the nonfiction The World of Tomorrow – A Junior Book of Forecasts (1933), focusing on possible future Inventions, partly illustrated with reproductions of artwork from sf magazines, and thus – almost accidentally – the first Anthology of sf Illustration; Anthology of Armageddon (anth ...

Zentner, Alexi

(1973-    ) Canadian author, now in USA, active since around 2007; he also writes as by Ezekiel Boone. His first novel, Touch (short version 2007 Tin House; 2011), is a fantasy set mostly in the Canadian north, in a small town where continued logging activities may be arousing chthonic wrath (see Gaia); The Lobster Kings (2014) re-enacts William Shakespeare's King Lear (1606) on a lonely Island. The Hatching sequence, beginning with The Hatching (2016) as by Ezekiel Boone, ...

Kurtness, J D

(1981-    ) Canadian author whose first novel De Vengeance ["Of Vengeance"] (2017) is a nonfantastic thriller. Her second, the Near Future Aquariums (2019; trans Pablo Straus 2022), focuses on an expedition trapped in the Arctic – while studying Climate Change in that hugely vulnerable region of the planet – by a savage Pandemic. The psychic and physical Zone in which members of the expedition are trapped is delineated with considerable skill. [JC]

Miller, P Schuyler

(1912-1974) US critic, amateur archaeologist and author; an MSc in chemistry, he did research for a time and from 1952 until his death worked as a technical writer. He remains best known in the sf world for his book reviews in Astounding Science-Fiction, which first appeared in 1945 and became a regular monthly feature in October 1951 under a surtitle, The Reference Library, and continued until his death, the last instalment appearing in January 1975. He was not a particularly demanding critic, ...

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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