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Albano, Peter

(1922-2006) US author who served in the US Navy 1942-1946; he is known mainly for the nine-book Seventh Carrier sequence of Military SF adventures starring the World War Two Japanese aircraft carrier Yonaga, trapped for over forty years in a secret port by a shift of glacier ice. The crew and airmen, now mostly in their sixties, finally break free in late 1983. Owing to a rogue Chinese anti-missile system whose laser-armed satellites target and destroy modern jet engines and Weapons, the Yonaga ...

Penny, Laurie

(1986-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Making Babies" in Terraform [online] for 13 April 2015; in her sf novel, Everything Belongs to the Future (2016), is set in a Near Future Britain, most of whose inhabitants have been comprehensively immiserated by the very rich, the 1% have access to an Immortality Drug, though the protagonist and her cohort hope to change the world for the better. [JC]

Lord, Karen

(1968-    ) Barbados-born author, partly in Canada from late childhood, though she has continued to spend considerable time in Barbados. Her first novel, Redemption in Indigo (2010), is a fantasy Twice-Told from a West African folktale; the novel describes in wryly Feminist terms the attempts of an abandoned husband to restore the status quo; but his powerful wife has been granted by spirit figures a Magic wand known as the Chaos Stick (described in sf-like terms as a device ...

Binet, Laurent

(1972-    ) French teacher and author whose earlier work tends to employ metafictional devices, interweaving "nonfictional" modes of historical apprehension and surreal narrative techniques (see Absurdist SF; Fabulation). His first work of interest, Forces et faiblesses de nos muqueuses ["Strengths and Weaknesses of Our Mucus Membranes"] (2000), is an estranged and modestly fictionalized disquisition on the experience of being human; HHhH (2010; trans Sam Taylor 2012) ...

Protheroe, Cyril

(1899-1964) UK aeronautical engineer and engineer's instructor who was the son of the prolific children's author Ernest Protheroe (1865-1929) and reportedly published more than one short sf novel. The only confirmed example is Beyond These Suns (1952), for Curtis Warren under that publisher's House Name Rand Le Page. In this routine Space Flight tale, a crew of astronauts visits and explores the Moon. Scientific Errors include the equipping of space helmets with shutters which can be opened ...

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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