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Baxter, Gregory

Joint pseudonym of Scottish authors John Ressich (1877-1937) and Eric de Banzie (1894-1986), the latter in active service during World War One. In their Near Future Scientific Romance Blue Lightning (1926) a renegade British lord whose ancestry is foreign (see Yellow Peril) plots worldwide chaos with the aid of a Death Ray: Blacks (see Race in SF) will attack America, from within; other races will assault civilization on other continents. The plot is foiled, though the ray causes some damage ...

Maitz, Don

(1953-    ) American illustrator, husband of artist and author Janny Wurts. Maitz actually began his career in sf art before graduating from the Paier School of Art in 1975, and he quickly began receiving regular assignments to paint book covers. From the start, he placed an emphasis on human figures, often in unusual positions with distinctive facial expressions; his cover for L Sprague de Camp's The Virgin & the Wheels (coll 1976), for example, offers a novel take on ...

Crispin, A C

(1950-2013) US author, married to Michael Capobianco, who was first known as a competent author of Ties. These include several for the various Star Trek sub-universes, beginning with Yesterday's Son (1983) and its direct sequel Time for Yesterday (1988); three titles in the "V" sequence, beginning with V (1984) (see "V"); a Star Wars sequence, the Star Wars: Han Solo trilogy beginning with Star Wars: Han Solo: The Paradise Snare (1997); plus a few singleton ties. In 2013 she was honoured as a ...

Kealing, Ethel Black

(1877-1960) US poet and author of one Lost Race novel, Desra of the Egyptians: A Romance of the Earlier Centuries (1910); it is set in Egypt. [JC]


Before the late 1940s, sf short stories, novellas and novelettes (see Hugo for definitions) were largely restricted to Magazines. (Magazines are, of course, a form of anthology, but they are not so counted in this encyclopedia.) Since then, increasingly, many readers have been introduced to sf through stories collected in books. Books are less fragile, kept in print longer, available in libraries and (especially for young readers in the days of the lurid Pulp magazines) more acceptable to ...

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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