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Tregaskis, Richard

(1916-1973) US war correspondent and author, best known for his first book, the nonfiction Guadalcanal Diary (1943). He is of sf interest for a Near Future Technothriller, China Bomb (1967), in which an elite team of commandos must dismantle a Chinese H-bomb before it can destroy the American Seventh Fleet. [JC]

Schimel, Lawrence

(1971-    ) US poet, story writer, editor and translator resident in Spain since 1999 where he combines his own writing in both Spanish and English with work as a literary translator. His first genre story was "The Last Bite" in Dead of Night #6 in July 1990 and by the end of the decade had published nearly 100 stories, many with gay/lesbian or Vampire themes, and issued his first collection, The Drag Queen of Elfland and Other Stories (coll 1996). Two more collections ...

Eidlitz, Walther

(1892-1976) Austrian poet and author of an sf novel, Zodiak (1930; trans Eric Sutton 1931), which takes a dim view of the glorification of technical progress, espousing instead a youthful ascent towards a higher world governed on Pax Aeronautica principles (see also Transportation). [JC]


A full entry for sf in the Republic of Estonia, the Northern European country absorbed into the USSR in 1940 (with a period of Nazi occupation 1941-1944) and independent since 1990/1991, must await a contributor fluent in its language and able to report from the inside on the development of the genre in that region and on untranslated works. Meanwhile, relevant authors given full entries in this encyclopedia are Friedebert Tuglas, who was active from the early twentieth century and well into ...

Panting, J Harwood

(1854-1924) UK author, most known for school stories for boys; in True All Through (1909), an sf novel also written for boys, can be found flying machines with wings that flap, and a proposed trip to Mars. [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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