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Pausewang, Gudrun

(1928-2020) Czechoslovakia-born teacher and author, mostly in West Germany from around 1948, some of whose adult novels deal with World War Two in general and the Holocaust in particular. Of her nearly 100 titles, many are addressed to the Young Adult market, including Die Letzten Kinder von Schewenborn oder ... sieht so unsere Zukunft aus?: Erzählung (1983; trans Norman Wyatt as The Last Children of Schevenborn 1988; vt The Last Children 1989), told through the eyes of a young protagonist ...

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 ...

Tatăr, Doru

(1956-    ) Romania civil engineer and author in whose sf novel, Prioritate Zero (1990; trans Raymond Humphreys and Petru Iamandi as Top Priority 2011), a tale of Cosmology in which the implosion into the universe of a vast Black Hole leads to a human/Alien interaction whose outcome is likely to generate a something like a new universe (see Cosmology; Transcendence). [JC]

Long, Huey

(1893-1935) US politician – Governor of Louisiana (1928-1932) and US Senator (1932-1935) – whose radical proposals for wealth distribution and other measures may have caused his assassination (though his death may have in fact been caused by his guards as they responded to a perceived threat); certainly his Utopian political philosophy, and an emphasis on strong leaders that seemed particularly threatening in the 1930s, shapes his Near Future fictional manifesto/dream/fiction, My ...

Riley, Brett

(1970-    ) US teacher and author whose first novel Comanche (2020), is a Western involving the century-old ghost of a gunslinger. His sf tale, Lord of Order (2021), set in a post-Technology Ruined Earth version of a balkanized America, confronts the "Lord of Order" of New Orleans with a crisis of survival. [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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