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Berry, James R

(1933-2003) US author most noted for juveniles, beginning with Dar Tellum: Stranger from a Distant Planet (graph 1973) illustrated by Enrica Scull, an effective picture book for younger children, in which the eponymous plant-like Alien cures Earth of carbon-dioxide poisoning. The Galactic Invaders (1976) and Quas Starbrite (1981) are sf-adventure novels, and Magicians of Erianne (1988) is an Arthurian fantasy for older children. [JC]

Méry, Joseph

(1798-1866) French playwright and author, whose Proto SF tale, "Histoire de ce qui n'est pas arrivé" ["A History That did not Happen"] (1854; in Histoire de ce qui n'est pas arrivé; La Tamise; Le Diamant aux mille facettes coll 1859) is an early Alternate History, in which Napoleon's life – and the future of Europe – is transformed when he gains an unexpected victory in Egypt in 1799 and becomes Emperor of India; "Les Ruines de Paris" ["The Ruins of Paris"] (1856; not ...

McAllister, Peter

(1965-    ) Australian anthropologist and author, usually of books for younger children; of sf interest is Cosmonaut (2001), a Near Future murder mystery set on a space station where Americans and Russians cohabit uneasily. [JC]

Olesker, J Bradford

(1949-    ) US author of The Siege of Superport (1978), a Technothriller in which a "superport" built in deep waters to transfer oil to tankers is under threat by terrorists; the technologies involved are marginally in advance of 1978 reality. Beyond Forever (1981) is a Young Adult fantasy. [JC]

Hensley, Joe L

(1926-2007) US Indiana Judicial Circuit Court judge 1975-1988 and author, most active as an author of suspense novels, one of which, The Poison Summer (1974), was named in the New York Times Best of the Year List in 1974. A member of First Fandom and a lifelong sf fan, he began publishing sf with "Eyes of the Double Moon" for Planet Stories in May 1953, and appeared with some frequency in the field, publishing more than thirty tales of the fantastic over fifty years; some were as J L Hensley ...

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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