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Krol, Torsten

(?   -    ) Australian author, whose reclusiveness has led to unconfirmed speculations that Torsten Krol is a pseudonym. His first novel, The Dolphin People (2006) skirts the fantastic in its depiction of the extreme behaviour of a German family (including at least one war criminal) whose plane has crashed in the Amazonian jungle just after World War Two, and who must convince the tribe that discovers them that they are in fact descended from dolphins. ...

Hassler, Donald M

(1937-    ) US academic and scholar of sf, based at Kent State University, Ohio. Hassler was President of the Science Fiction Research Association 1985-1986, and became managing editor of the journal Extrapolation with the Summer 1986 issue, co-editor with the Winter 1987 issue, and editor with the Spring 1990 issue, ending his active editorial association with the journal in 2007. He was a pioneer in the early 1980s of "academic tracks" in world sf-Convention programming. ...

Cave, Peter

(1940-    ) UK author who has only occasionally published work in the fantastic, the first known examples being "Cry Martian" in Impulse (see Science Fantasy) for May 1966 as Peter L Cave and "Scoop!" in Tit-Bits for 16 September 1967. From 1971 he wrote various Sex novels as by Petra Christian, both solo and in collaboration with Christopher Priest, who also wrote solo novels under the name (though Priest does not acknowledge this work). / Cave is known for three Ties ...

Dodge, H L

(1867-1946) Canadian-born author, naturalized as US citizen in 1908; his Lost Race novel, Attraction of the Compass; A Romance of the North (1912; exp vt Attraction of the Compass; Or, the Blonde Eskimo: A Romance of the North, Based Upon Facts of a Personal Experience 1916), features a Norse society in a clement enclave within the Arctic Circle. [JC]

Dennis, Nigel

(1912-1989) UK author whose first novel, Chalk and Cheese: A Co-Educational School Novel (1934) as by Richard Vaughan, is a Satire lying just short of the fantastic; his third novel, Cards of Identity (1955), is a Fabulation about a post-World War Two England whose citizens are so bereft of security that any Identity can be imposed on anyone (see also Paranoia); the final section, entitled "The Prince of Antioch, or An Old Way to New Identity", constitutes an entire (and entirely fraudulent) ...

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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