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Bear, Greg

Working name of US author Gregory Dale Bear (1951-2022), son-in-law of Poul Anderson. He began publishing work of genre interest with "Destroyers" in Famous Science Fiction for Winter 1967, and became a full-time writer in 1975. His first stories and novels were auspicious but not perhaps remarkably so; his early work did not hint at all strongly that he would become one of the dominant writers of the 1980s. Between ...

Laidlaw, Marc

(1960-    ) US Videogame writer and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "A Hiss of Dragon" with Gregory Benford for Omni in December 1978. He published solo stories with some frequency in the 1980s, including "400 Boys" (November 1983 Omni), whose inclusion in Bruce Sterling's ...

John W Campbell Award

Award for the best new sf or fantasy author, selected by votes of sf fans and invariably presented at the Worldcon as part of the Hugo ceremony. There is a two-year eligibility period: an author first published in 2000 would be eligible for the 2001 or 2002 award but not thereafter. Sponsored by Condé-Nast, publishers of Analog, the John W Campbell Award was instituted in 1972 in tribute to John W ...

Baron, The

Pseudonym of the untraced US author W G Worfel (?   -?   ), whose Munchausen XX [for full title see Checklist] (1904) escapes being a Sequel by Other Hands through its focus on the interplanetary adventures of one or more separate members of Baron Munchausen's family (see Rudolph Erich Raspe). During the course of at least one ...

Randall, Robert

Pseudonym used on collaborative stories – about sixteen in all, from "No Future in This" (May 1956 Science Fiction Quarterly) to "A Little Intelligence" (October 1958 Future) – by Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett. Silverberg was very young at the time. The most notable of these were the Nidorian series, ...

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. ...



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