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Petersilea, Carlyle

(1844-1903) US pianist and author of the Discovered Country sequence, a discursive spiritualist Utopia expounded in The Discovered Country (1889) as by Ernst von Himmel and Oceanides: A Psychical Novel (1890) also as by von Himmel, both novels being republished in 1892 as by Petersilea. The series cannot be called sf as such, but is interestingly specific about the afterlife containing no Heaven or Hell but a Platonic world whose presiding angels take the protagonist to Jupiter, and show him ...

Strete, Craig

(1950-    ) US author – the suggestion has been bruited that Strete is the pseudonym of a Native American author of Cherokee birth who does not wish to reveal his real name, but this has not been confirmed. He has written as Strete and as by Sovereign Faulkner, and possibly under other names, by himself and in collaboration; at least forty of the eighty or more stories claimed for him must almost certainly be under unrevealed names. As Strete, he began publishing ...

Spacesuit Films

Spacesuit films, as defined by the critic who has promoted the term, Gary Westfahl, are those space films that endeavour to plausibly portray the harsh conditions and novel features of life in outer space and on other planets – such as the absence of air, zero or low Gravity, and dangerous radiation – as most prominently indicated by the fact that their characters constantly wear, or are in close proximity to, protective spacesuits. Space films which ignore or marginalize spacesuits ...

Slater, Robert L

(1967-    ) US teacher and author who began to publish work of genre interest with the first installation of a book-length story, "Jack and the Beanstalk" in Galactic Citizen #2 for January 1993, the last of five instalments appearing in June 1994. His Young Adult Deserted Lands sequence beginning with All Is Silence (2014) is set in a Post-Holocaust America, initially Seattle, and traces the attempts of its teenaged protagonists and her two boyfriends to find her father in ...

Lord, Gabrielle

(1946-    ) Australian author, mostly of thrillers, who has been publishing novels since 1980. Her fourth, Salt (1990), is a routine Post-Holocaust novel set in Australia in 2075 CE suffering from devastating Climate Change, the holocaust having been the product of Overpopulation, Pollution and dreadful damage to the Ecology; Sydney itself has been transformed into an oppressive Keep, but mutants roam the hinterlands. [PN]

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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