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Martian, The

US musician specializing in sf-themed dance electronica. "The Martian" is Carlos "Empire" Ramirez (1980-    ), who renders his name variously as "eMpyre ramireZ" and "eMpyre RamireX" (with or without the eccentric capitalization), and sometimes simply "Empire". He produces lively, fluid, funk-inflected synthesizer music, a self-declaredly "non-corporate hip-hop" with a high genre quotient. Releases include "Meet the Red Planet" (1992), "Sex in Zero Gravity" (1993), "Journey ...

Canning, Victor

(1911-1986) UK author whose surname at birth was Cannings but whose whole family changed their name to Canning. He began his career in 1929 with some unidentified anonymous stories for Boys' Magazine and The Startler; his first books were "cozy picaresques" like Mr Finchley Discovers His England (1934), which verge on the fantastic but do not quite reach that deep. Two of his many later thrillers are borderline sf: in The Finger of Saturn (1973) a group of individuals who claim to have come ...

Whitham, John W

(1868-1952) US author of Interworld (1932), a tale set in a not clearly delineated Near Future where Homo sapiens remain backward on the home planet, but other civilizations flourish on Mars, which boasts high Technology and universal peace, and elsewhere. [JC]

MacGregor, Rob

(1948-    ) US author, married to horror author T J MacGregor (1947-    ); he has concentrated on Ties, most of them for the Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones universe, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), a novelization of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989); and the Indiana Jones sequence set mostly in the 1920s, beginning with Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi (1989). Two of these – Indiana Jones and the Dance of the ...

Wingert, Jennifer

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Spirit Fox (1998) with Mickey Zucker Reichert, is a fantasy whose female Hero uses Magic and martial arts, as well as the indwelling spirit of a ghost fox, to defeat an Invasion. Her second novel, Grasp the Stars (2004), is a wide-ranging Space Opera whose protagonist, an Alien stowaway on a Starship bound for Earth, becomes embroiled in inter-species conflict on a Space Station in Terran orbit. [JC]

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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