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Pier, Arthur Stanwood

(1874-1966) US author, best-known for the nonfantastic St Timothy's series of tales set at a boys' school; of sf interest God's Secret (1935), a Near Future tale dealing with the consequences of the discovery of an Immortality serum. [JC]

Alarcón y Ariza, Pedro Antonio de

(1833-1891) Spanish author, initially famous for travel writings, though now know mainly as the author of El sombrero de tres picos (1874; trans anon as The Three-Cornered Hat 1891), a novella based on a traditional ballad which became famous after Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) composed a ballet in 1919 based on the tale. Alarcón is of some sf interest for his early novel, "El amigo de la muerte" (1852 El eco de occidente; trans Mrs Francis J A Darr as The Strange Friend of Tito Gil 1890; ...

Muir, John Kenneth

(1969-    ) US author, almost exclusively of nonfiction studies and encyclopedias, with an emphasis on Television, beginning with his first book, Exploring Space 1999: An Episode Guide and Complete History of the Mid-1970s Science Fiction Television Series (1997). Other titles of interest include An Annotated Guide to Television's Battlestar Galactica (1999); A Critical History of Doctor Who on Television (1999; exp 2007); Terror Television: American Series 1970-1999 (2001) ...

Grattan-Smith, T E

(1871-1946) Australian ventriloquist, journalist and author of children's fiction (see Children's SF) born Thomas Edward Grattan Smith, using Grattan-Smith for his publishing activities. His Lost World novel, The Cave of a Thousand Columns (1938) exposes two young adventurers to Monsters and a non-human species known as the Birdmen in vast Underground caverns beneath Australia. [JC]

Fascinating Tales

Zimbabwean Fanzine, edited from Harare by Howard Dean, roughly quarterly, published between 1994 and 1997 with ten issues produced in total. The focus of Fascinating Tales was genre fiction, including sf, Fantasy, supernatural and Horror tales, written by local authors. Of 55 stories published, 48 were by Zimbabwean writers. It also occasionally published reviews and Comics. Though short-lived, Fascinating Tales was a unique publication of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa (excepting South ...

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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