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Toomey, Robert E, Jr

(1945-    ) US author who began publishing sf stories with "Pejorative" for New Worlds in July 1969. His A World of Trouble (1973), a Space Opera, sets a galactic agent on an alien planet, where he has many jocosely told adventures. [JC]

Hoshino Yukinobu

(1954-    ), Japanese comics creator who has garnered major accolades and a strong following among Manga fans for his variations on Space Flight and Gods and Demons. A drop-out from the Aichi University of Fine Arts and Music, Hoshino made his debut with "Kōtetsu no Queen" ["Queen of Steel"] (graph April 1975 Shōnen Jump). Thereafter he stayed largely in the realm of serial manga short stories, only forming book-length volumes in retrospect when fixed up into ...

Child, Lincoln

(1957-    ) US anthologist and author, whose earlier novels of sf interest were written in collaboration with Douglas Preston, either as by Lincoln Preston or under both real names. Their venue tends to be a version of New York in which Horror-tinged sf conceits are told in an Urban Fantasy frame [for this term, plus Edifice and Technofantasy below, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]; there are several continuing characters, most consistently FBI Agent ...

Vairasse D'Alais, Denis

(circa 1635/1638-circa 1700) French soldier, linguist and author, the latter part of whose surname is sometimes given as Allais; in the UK for a number of years from around 1660 to 1772, when he returned to the Continent. He is of strong Proto SF interest for a complexly published Fantastic Voyage, its mode and contents showing the influence of Johann Valentin Andreae, though its narrative, shaped as a transaction of at least one exemplary Archipelago, may render it easier for modern readers to ...

Pheby, Alex

(1970-    ) UK academic and author whose first novel, Grace (2009), carries an escaped mental patient into a mysterious forest [for Into the Woods see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], where an old woman and a young girl dwell. His second and third novels adhere with some stringency to nonfantastic renderings of extreme states. He is of sf interest for his fourth, Mordew (2020), which with gonzo Equipoisal flare unpacks a Steampunk-ish fantasy tale within a ...

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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