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Loud, Emily S

(1839-?   ) US journalist and author of Taurua; Or, Written in the Book of Fate (1899), a Lost Race novel set in Tahiti, whose native rulers trace their legitimacy back to a civilization not recognized by Europeans bent on their imperialist missions. [JC]

Woolf, Virginia

(1882-1941) UK critic and author, a central figure of the Bloomsbury Group of English writers, famous for novels sensitively structured around the flow of inner consciousness, the best known of these being perhaps To the Lighthouse (1927). Of sf interest is Orlando: A Biography (1928), filmed as Orlando (1992), whose androgynous hero/heroine (see Temporal Adventuress), a portrait of Vita Sackville-West, survives from Elizabethan to modern times, switching back and forth from era to era via ...

Johannesson, Olof

Pseudonym of Swedish plasma physicist and author Hannes Olof Gosta Alfvén (1908-1995), winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize for Physics, which may have surprised some of his more conventional colleagues as he had been for many years thought of as a maverick. His Scientific Romance, Sagan om den stora datamaskinen (1966; trans Naomi Walford as The Big Computer: A Vision 1968; vt The Tale of the Big Computer: A Vision 1968; vt The End of Man? 1969), a Future History of Earth by a Computer (or ...

Flash Gordon Strange Adventure Magazine

US letter-size Pulp magazine; one issue, December 1936, published by C J H Publications; edited by Harold Hersey. The featured novel was "The Master of Mars" by James Edison Northfield (as per the contents page) or Northford (as per the story heading). Flash Gordon Strange Adventure Magazine, intended to be a monthly juvenile magazine, was notable for its eight full-page coloured interior illustrations, all by Fred Meagher, the first in any pulp magazine. The magazine contained three short ...

Van Tuyl, Zaara

(1901-?   ) US grade school teacher until 1955, student of the occult and author, educated at Fresno State College, Fresno, California. Her sf novel is Skyways for Doorian (1967). [DRL/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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