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Raffalovich, George

(1880-1958) French-born academic and author, in UK from around 1906 to 1915, when his advocacy of Ukrainian rights (sometimes as by Bedwin Sands) was deemed potentially treasonous; then in US. Of sf interest are two collections: Planetary Journeys and Earthly Sketches (coll 1908; vt On the Loose 1910), which includes four connected tales involving travel by Telepathy to other planets, where various forms of life (see Life on Other Worlds) are described, some of them descended from ancient ...

Bond, Nelson S

(1908-2006) US author and in later years philatelist (he published works in that field) and rare book dealer. He began his career in public relations, coming to sf in April 1937 with "Down the Dimensions" for Astounding. He wrote only two stories under pseudonyms, one as George Danzell in 1940 and one as Hubert Mavity in 1939, although two of his sports stories were reprinted under the House Name Wilton Hazzard. Later in his debut year he published "Mr Mergenthwirker's Lobblies" (November 1937 ...

Potter, J K

(1956-    ) Working name of American artist Jeffrey Knight Potter; some works are signed Jeff K Potter. Although born in California, he has lived most of his life in the American South, a region which he reports has had a major impact on his extravagantly outré artwork. After contributing to fanzines, Potter began his career by doing covers for small press publications (see Small Presses and Limited Editions), beginning with H Warner Munn's Tales of the Werewolf Clan ...

Jennings, Humphrey

(1907-1950) UK documentary film maker and editor, a co-founder of Mass Observation in 1936; his thirty films have gained increasing renown since his early death from a fall in Greece while scouting locations for a new film. Of sf interest is his Hitler Wins Alternate History short film, The Silent Village (1943), which is shot in documentary style. Much of his energy in the late 1940s was given over to the compiling of a nonfiction Anthology intended to illuminate the nature and costs of the ...

Friggens, Arthur

(1920-2001) UK author known only for his collaboration with Eric Burgess (whom see for details) on several titles for Robert Hale Limited. [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. 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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