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Kerr, Sophie

(1880-1965) US editor and author, active from before the beginning of the twentieth century; of her many novels, The Man Who Knew the Date (1951), about a man who can predict the exact moment of the death of others, is of some interest as a study in precognition (see Psi Powers). [JC]

Naam, Ramez

(?   -    ) Egyptian-born computer scientist, entrepreneur and author, in the USA from infancy. Much of his work has been in the application of Information Theory in the development of Communication technologies, a focus which informs his Nexus 5 sequence comprising Nexus (2012), Crux (2013) and Apex (2015). Nexus itself is a dangerously ...

Lister, Stephen

Pseudonym of UK author Digby George Gerahty (1898-1981), who usually wrote as by Robert Standish; as Lister, he wrote one tale of sf interest, Hail Bolonia! (1948), a Satire on the possibility of genuine Utopian change: in the imaginary country of Bolonia, social and Ecological problems, including Overpopulation, are dealt with promptly; newspapers are truthful; ...

Pennington, Bruce

(1944-    ) British artist. After artistic training at the Beckenham School of Art and Ravensbourne College of Art, Pennington did some commercial art before beginning his sf career in 1967 with a cover for Robert A Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (1961; text restored 1990), showing a naked man and woman partially immersed in water; he also did the covers for a series of republished books by Ray ...

Evans, David

(?   -    ) US author of whom nothing is known – the name may be a pseudonym – whose Time Station sequence of routine Changewar tales, beginning with Time Station London (1996), pits the Temporal Corps against various threats, in World War Two and elsewhen, against the proper order of history; Alternate Histories flicker in ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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