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Radio Boys

Less important and numerous than the extremely popular Airship Boys tales and series in the first half of the twentieth century, the smallish subgenre of boys' stories devoted to Radio Boys remains of some interest in the development of sf. As usual in almost all the series ultimately derived from Dime Novels and – very frequently – written and published to emulate the success of the Tom Swift series from the Stratemeyer Syndicate, the Radio Boys books depended on storylines in ...

Cole, Stephen

(1971-    ) UK editor and author, who has also written as by Tara Samms, and who as Commissioning Editor, Sci-Fi Titles for BBC Worldwide was responsible for the Doctor Who list in the late 1990s; his own contributions to that list began with anthologies like Doctor Who: Side Trips (anth 1998); he later wrote several of the fiction titles, sometimes in collaboration, beginning with Doctor Who: Parallel 59 (2000) with Natalie Dallaire. He is thought to be safe hands with this ...


1. Perhaps the most famous of all Graphic Novels, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. Watchmen appeared initially as a twelve-part Comic (September 1986-October 1987 Watchmen), each part corresponding to a chapter of the full novel, which was published as Watchmen (graph 1987; with additional material 1988). The initial premise is ingenious: given a late-1930s America where costumed Golden Age Superheroes exist, maintaining law and order on a vigilante basis, what sort of ...


Although one cannot really speak of a Danish sf tradition prior to the 1950s, quite a few Danish authors did write occasional sf works before then. The first such book was Ludvig Holberg's Nicolai Klimii iter Subterraneum (1741 in Latin; trans as A Journey to the World Underground by Nicolas Klimius 1742; reprinted 1974), which was among the earliest works in any language to feature a journey inside a Hollow Earth. The eighteenth century saw a few other satirical and fantastical sf-like works, ...

Ged, Caer

Pseudonym used by Geo W Proctor for one novel, The Coming of Cormac (1974). Ged is sometimes wrongly listed as a pseudonym of David Gerrold. [JC/DRL] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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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