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Vajra, Rajnar

Working name of David Rajnar Vajra-Loeb (1947-2023), US singer-songwriter, music tutor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Passing the Arboli Test" in Absolute Magnitude for Spring 1997; much of his short work, and his first two full-length tales, appeared in Analog. His debut novel, "Shootout at the Nokai Corral" (February-May 2003 Analog), is a ...

Central America

This entry deals with sf in the Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. / In 2003, the sf novel Primum (2003) by the Panamanian Ramón Varela Morales (?   -    ) won the prestigious Central American literary award named for Rogelio Sinán. Until then, the genre had not received critical attention, although the origins of Central American sf go ...

Rorvik, David

(1946-    ) US journalist specializing in scientific and medical issues, whose pseudo-nonfiction book In His Image: The Cloning of a Man (1978) claimed that the author had been involved in the 1973 creation of a Clone of a specific human being described as a wealthy businessman called Max. This caused both sensation and controversy, and led to a lawsuit filed against the publisher by UK scientist Derek Bromhall (whose name was used ...

Smith, Mrs J Gregory

Working (ie married) name of US author Ann Eliza Brainerd Smith (1819-1905), two of whose three novels are of sf interest. Seola (1878; rev vt Angels and Woman: A Revision of the Unique Novel, Seola 1924) anonymous, which is set before the Flood, combines motifs out of Prehistoric SF and the Lost Race tale; it comprises the 4,000-year-old journal of the eponymous maiden, during the course of which it ...

Clark, Gideon

(circa 1888-1955) UK author of a Scientific Romance, Substitute for Living (1937), a Satire in which unwholesome consequences are generated through the Invention of a Time Viewer which shows moments from the past. [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. ...

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