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Anson, August

Pseudonym of UK author Reginald William Malyon Gibbs (1878-1942), who under his own name published numerous mathematics references and textbooks. His sf novel as by Anson, When Woman Reigns (1938), transports its protagonist to first the twenty-sixth and then the thirty-sixth century. Author and hero take a rather dim view of these two periods, because in both men are subservient to women (see Feminism). [JC]

Sheffield, Charles

(1935-2002) UK-born physicist and author, permanently in the USA from 1971, married to Nancy Kress from 1998 until his death; he published the first of more than 100 technical papers and science articles in 1962, and the first of 100 or more sf stories, "What Song the Sirens Sang", in Galaxy for April 1977. Much of his short fiction is assembled in Vectors (coll 1979), Hidden Variables (coll 1981), ...

Welsh, Louise

(1965-    ) UK author whose six novels to date range across several genres, from detections to historicals, none of the first five with fantastic content; of sf interest are A Lovely Way to Burn (2014) and Death Is a Welcome Guest (2015), the first instalments of a projected sequence to be known as The Plague Times Trilogy. Disaster in the form of an extremely deadly Pandemic ...

Thor, Rosiee

(?   -    ) US author of Young Adult novels, the first being Tarnished Are the Stars (2019), whose young protagonist, cursed or blessed with a clockwork heart, must solve problems of gender and destiny in a Steampunk-like planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds), whose population had long ago fled from the destruction of Earth, but is ...

Port Iris

US low-paying downloadable Online Magazine produced by Casey Seda, Pendleton, South Carolina; quarterly from March 2010 to June 2011; 5 issues. Though close to being a Fanzine because a sizable portion of each of the first three issues covered local sf and fantasy Conventions, these were redeemed by including interviews with the various Guests of Honour, including Peter S ...

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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