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Saunders, W J

(1873-1928) UK postman and author, in whose sf novel, Kalomera: The Story of a Remarkable Community (1911), travellers discover a mountain Utopia governed clemently but bureaucratically, without poverty or War. All ends well. [JC]

Vopěnka, Martin

(1963-    ) Czech publisher and author, active from about 1989, whose Pátý Rozmeř (2009; trans Hana Sklenkova as The Fifth Dimension 2015) is an example of Fantastika whose incorporation of sf elements achieves a bleakly deliberated abstractness that removes the text very far from Genre SF, or indeed from the tale of political/cultural Paranoia it seems to channel. In a more or less contemporary land (similar to the Czech Republic), the protagonist finds ...

Stine, Jean Marie

Working name of the US author, born Henry Eugene Stine (1945-    ), whose name was legally changed to Jean Marie Stine and who has published under the surname Stine throughout. Season of the Witch (1968) as Hank Stine interestingly blends sf and erotica in the story of a man biologically transformed into a woman as a punishment for rape and murder, but who eventually finds her/his true role and contentment as a transsexual (see Transgender SF); it was filmed as Memory Run ...

Slater, Ken

(1917-2008) UK bookseller and bibliographer, active in UK Fandom from the 1940s, founding in 1947 Operation Fantast, a network of fans, which – along with the Science Fantasy Society, which he founded in 1948 – nurtured a readership and community during the difficult years after 1945; the Fanzine Operation Fantast (intermittently 1948-1955) was produced in conjunction with this activity, as well as three annual issues of the glossarial Operation Fantast Handbook (1951-1953). In ...

Skinkle, Dorothy

(1927-1979) US author of an sf novel, Star Giant (1969), in which an Alien exiled to Earth must – like his earlier fellows who impersonated Hercules and Abraham Lincoln and others – make use of his excessive height and superior intellect to defend the planet. [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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