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Cuban sf is generally associated with its flourishing after the revolution of 1959, although the genre was already present in the island as early as 1875 with samples of the scientific novel. Francisco Calcagno (1827-1903) published the novel Historia de un muerto ["Story of a Dead Man"] (1875). Calcagno also published in 1888 En busca del eslabón: historia de monos ["Pursuing the Link: Story of Monkeys"] (1888). Some three decades later, the engineer Juan Manuel Planas y Sáinz ...

Chen Jiatong

(1987-    ) Chinese author, a master's graduate from the Beijing University of Astronautics and Aeronautics whose success was greatly augmented after his debut novel Bai Hu Dila yu Yueliang Shi ["Dilah and the Moonstone"] (2014; trans Jennifer Feeley as White Fox 2019) was recommended by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television as one of "100 Excellent Books" for young readers in 2015, and made a compulsory text in some Shanghai primary ...

MacDonald, Alexander

(1878-1939) UK author, latterly resident in Australia, whose The Lost Explorers: A Story of the Trackless Desert (1907) is a Lost Race set in the mountainous Australian outback, where traces of the ancient civilization of Lemuria are found lingering in decadent aborigines. Through the Heart of Tibet (1910) has also been incorrectly cited as a Lost Race novel. [JC]

Hughes, Kerrie L

(1959-    ) US author and editor, married to John Helfers. An occasional short story writer, starting with "Judgment" in Haunted Holidays (anth 2004) edited by Martin H Greenberg and Russell Davies. From 2005 she has worked as an anthologist, co-editing several themed volumes with Martin H Greenberg and others, but later moving on to become sole editor of various Anthologies including several volumes in the long-running Fiction River series of Young Adult fantasies. [RR]

He Ma

(?   -    ) Pseudonym of a reclusive Chinese entrepreneur and author of Pulp fiction whose Tibet Code series, presented in 75 chapters over ten volumes, has made him one of the wealthiest authors in China. Originally drafted as "The Last Temple", it was retitled by a publisher with a desire to recall the historical conspiracies of Dan Brown. Zangdi Mima "The Tibet Code" (2008) involves a modern expert on dogs in a convoluted plot, as an initial search for the ...

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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