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Harrison, Harry

(1925-2012) US illustrator, editor and author, born Henry Maxwell Dempsey (though his father changed his name to Harrison soon after his son's birth), resident in later years, after many years of travelling, partly in the UK and partly in the US. Harrison began his career as a commercial artist about 1946, working chiefly in comics as an illustrator and writer, often in collaboration with Wallace A Wood, supplying illustrations as well to magazines like Galaxy Science Fiction and eventually ...

Karlins, Marvin

(1941-    ) US academic and author, usually of nonfiction relating to his professional work as a Professor of Management. His first book is sf, The Last Man Is Out (1969; vt The New Atoms' Bombshell 1980 as by Robert Browne), a Near Future tale in which a bored scientist uses Computers and other devices to maximize outcomes for the Baseball team he has inherited. Gomorrah (1974) with Lewis M Andrews is a sf crime thriller set in a nightmarishly transformed Near Future New ...

Space: 1889

Role Playing Game (1988). Game Designers' Workshop (GDW). Designed by Frank Chadwick. / Space: 1889 is an early example of Steampunk, set in an Alternate History whose central conceit is that many of the now discarded scientific theories of the Victorian age were actually correct. So, in this universe, Thomas Alva Edison invents an "ether propellor" and uses it to travel to Mars in 1870. By 1889 the Great Powers of the 19th Century have expanded into space and begun to colonize the worlds ...

Fukuda Tsuneari

(1912-1994) Japanese critic and playwright, largely known in his home country as the translator of G K Chesterton, Ernest Hemingway and William Shakespeare. Along with Tetsuo Arakawa, he was the producer/director of the stage play Star (1975), written by Yasutaka Tsutsui and deemed of sufficient genre content to win the following year's Seiun Award for best Media. [JonC]

Eagleton, Terry

Working name of UK journalist, critic, literary theorist and author Terence Eagleton (1943-    ), active from the mid-1960s. The combination of an adventurous and contentious Marxism (shaped in part by his long combative association with Raymond Williams), and a sophisticatedly undoctrinaire quasi-Christian theism (which noncombatants might fail to distinguish from deism, even as heated as here) marks him as being not dishonourable of his time. Literary Theory: an ...

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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