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Forward, Simon A

(1967-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "One Bad Apple" (in Doctor Who: More Short Trips, anth 1999, ed Stephen Cole); and who has published four Doctor Who Ties: Doctor Who: Drift (2002), Doctor Who Novellas: Shellshock (2003), and Doctor Who: Emotional Chemistry (2003). Under his own name, and as Steve Rogers, he has also published several Ties. [JC]

Hunter, Jim

(1939-    ) UK author of The Flame (1966), a Near Future tale set in a Dystopian Britain taken over by right-wing forces; nothing assuages the bleakness of the narrative and its message. Percival and the Presence of God (1978) is a fantasy about the Matter of Britain [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. [JC]

Murdoch, Temple

(?   -?   ) UK author of fiction for boys. The eponymous Villain of Vull the Invisible! (24 November 1934-23 February 1935 Ranger; 1936 chap) uses Invisibility to do evil. [JC/RR] see also: Boys' Friend Library; Boys' Papers. /

Pygaster, Cal I

(?   -    ) US author of an sf Sex tale, Zero Gravity Swap (1970), which is set in space. The presumed pseudonym appears to be derived from "callipygean", i.e. having attractively shaped buttocks. [JC/DRL]

Charbonneau, Joelle

(1974-    ) US author almost exclusively of work for Young Adult audiences, her early series being nonfantastic. She is initially of sf interest for the Testing Trilogy beginning with The Testing Guide (1 April 2013; 2013 ebook) and The Testing (2013), set in a savagely devastated Near Future world whose only hope may reside in those adolescents who pass the Testing and are allowed to attend university, where they will be trained to save what is left of the planet. ...

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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