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Stacpoole, H de Vere

(1863-1951) UK medical doctor and author, younger brother of William Henry Stacpoole; best known for his South Sea romances, including non-sf Robinsonades like, most famously, The Blue Lagoon: A Romance (1908), filmed as The Blue Lagoon (1923, 1948, 1950 and 1980), or The Chank Shell: A Tropical Romance of Love and Treasure (1930; vt The Island of Lost Women 1930), which adds hints of a Lost Race. He wrote several weird novels: Pierrot!: A Story (1896), involving an uncanny Doppelganger and ...

Corey, Paul

(1903-1992) US reporter and author in various genres, active from as early as 1934 with "Their Forefathers Were Presidents" for Story, though his first work of genre interest, "Operation Survival" for New Worlds, did not appear until December 1962. Most of his early novels are set on farms in the US Middle West; the title of one of them, Acres of Antaeus (1946), deceptively suggests sf content; The Little Jeep (1946 chap) is a short fantasy about a wartime jeep retiring to a farm, where life is ...

Mason, Grace Sartwell

(1876-1966) US author, actively prolific as a short story writer for many years; of her novels, The Bear's Claws (1913) with John Northern Hilliard is of sf interest as a Lost World tale set in Persia, where an ancient City is discovered; the otherness of this city is muted by its discoverers' calling it Persepolis, a genuine ancient city whose location has been known for thousands of years. [JC]

Birds of Prey

US tv series (2002-2003). Warner Brothers Television and DC Entertainment with Tollin/Robbins Productions for the WB Television Network. Based on characters created by Gardner F Fox, Carmine Infantino, Bob Kane, Bob Layton, Paul Levitz, John Ostrander, Jerry Robinson, Jo Staton, others. Producers included Peter Giuliano, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. Directors included Jim Charleston, Chris Long, Brian Robbins. Writers included Adam Armus, Nora Kay Foster, Adam Horowitz, Laeta Kalogridis, ...

Stirling, S M

(1953-    ) French-born author in Canada from childhood; he took out US citizenship in 2003. He began publishing work of genre interest with Snowbrother (1985), the first volume of the Fifth Millennium fantasy sequence, which continued with The Sharpest Edge (1986) with Shirley Meier, The Cage (1989) with Meier, and Shadow's Son (1991) with Meier and Karen Wehrstein. It was, however, with his second series, the Alternate-History Draka sequence – Marching through ...

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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