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Kirk, Pauline

(?   -    ) UK poet and author of The Keepers (1996), a Dystopia set in a Near Future UK run by the eponymous Keepers on lines mildly evocative of George Orwell's Nineteen Eight-Four (1949), with fairly rife regimentation and some brainwashing. But a dissident group imports a virus into the Keeper's central ...

MacGregor, Richard

Pseudonym of UK screenwriter and author Macgregor Urquhart (variously Urquhardt) (1916-1967). As Richard MacGregor he published several routine Genre-SF novels: The Day a Village Died (1963), Taste of the Temptress (1963), Horror in the Night (1963), The Creeping Plague (1963), The Deadly Sun (1964), The Threat (1964) and The First of the Last (1964). [JC/SH]

Wallace, Nick

(1972-    ) UK media consultant and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Five Dimensional Thinking" in Life During Wartime (anth 2003) edited by Paul Cornell, like most of his work a contribution to the Doctor Who universe, in this case the Bernice Summerfield subseries. Fear Itself (2005) is set in the Doctor Who BBC Past Doctors subseries. ...

Brown, Alec

(1900-1962) UK translator and author whose early work, like The Honest Bounder (1927), grappled with interbellum Europe from a left perspective; in his sf novel, Angelo's Moon (1955), set in an Underground city in Africa called Hypolitania, a white scientist offers some hope of countering the degeneration of our species. [JC]

Ronco, Dan

(?   -    ) US author in whose PeaceMaker sequence – comprising PeaceMaker (2004) and Unholy Domain (2008) – a self-aware Computer virus (see AI) threatens the world's Communication systems, leaving civilization vulnerable to the specious Uplift conspiracy, the Domain, which hopes unilaterally 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. ...

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