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Haddad, Hubert

(1947-    ) Tunisian-born poet, playwright and author, in France from 1950, active as a poet from the mid-1960s. His fiction is generically various, and may often be defined in terms of its diverse and ambitious transactions between myth and the quotidian (see Fantastika). He is of specific sf interest for Corps désirable (2015; trans Alyson Waters as Desirable Body 2018), whose protagonist, after suffering total paralysis in an accident, is given a body transplant ...

Gerrare, Wirt

Pseudonym of UK weapons expert, journalist and author William Oliver Greener (1862-1935) for most of his work, both fiction and nonfiction, though at least one thriller appeared under his real name. His first novel of genre interest, Rufin's Legacy: A Theosophical Romance (1892), features a Russian female spy who uses her astral body nefariously; Phantasms: Original Stories Illustrating Posthumous Personality and Character (coll 1895) assembles fantasies featuring the exploits of Horace Vesey, ...

Adam Adamant Lives!

UK tv series (1966-1967). BBC. Produced by Verity Lambert. Directed by Moira Armstrong, Laurence Bourne, Anthea Browne-Wilkinson, Philip Dudley, Leonard Lewis, Ridley Scott, William Slater and others. Writers included Brian Clemens and many others. Created by Donald Cotton, Harris. Cast includes Peter Ducrow, Juliet Harmer, Gerald Harper and Jack May. 29 50-minute episodes in two series. Black and white. / In 1902 the master-villain The Face (Ducrow) embedded his adversary Adam Llewellyn de ...

White, Fred M

(1859-1935) UK author whose first work of sf interest seems to be "The Island of Shadows" (2 April-9 July 1892 Illustrated Chips), a short novel whose protagonists, aided by a gelatine-like substance that allows them to breathe Under the Sea, discover a sunken Island which, when disturbed, reveals an entrance to the Hollow Earth, where furry amphibious humans have established a Utopia. He later contributed sf to Pearson's Magazine, The Strand Magazine and other general fiction magazines, ...

Depestre, René

(1926-    ) Haitian poet and author, his life being spent elsewhere, his political activism, initially as a Communist, requiring constant displacements until he settled in France after about 1968; active from 1945. He is of some sf interest for Hadriana dans tous mes têves (1988 trans Kaiama L Glover as Hadriana in All My Dreams 2017), which Equipoisally conflates Haitian legends and "scientific" explanations of the apparent transformation of a young bride on her ...

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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