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Claro, Joe

(?   -    ) US author of a wide range of titles, some as Joe Claro, some as Joseph Claro; those of sf interest include I Can Predict the Future (1972); two Love Bug Ties, Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) and Herbie the Matchmaker (1982); and other film Ties including Condorman (1981), Voyagers! (1982) and SpaceCamp (1986). [JC]

Peel, John

(1954-    ) UK television scriptwriter and author, resident for some time in the US, who has also written under the House Name Nicholas Adams, Rick North and John Vincent. He is mostly noted for his influential Doctor Who Ties, beginning with Doctor Who: The Chase (1989), often featuring Daleks; he has also published prolifically in Files Magazine contributing a number of Doctor Who special Spotlight issues. Other tied sequences include several contributions to the Star Trek ...

Athey, Henry

(?   -?   ) US author of an sf novel, With Gyves of Gold: A Novel (1898) with A Herbert Bowers, both writers remaining untraced, though both may have been based in Missouri. A young man, experimented upon by a modestly Mad Scientist, develops the paranormal ability to travel by astral means to another planet, where he observes the operation of a Utopia in which small firms are protected by multi-national corporations (or trusts). The trip kills him. [JC]

Space Wars Heroes

US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Myron Fass as Stories, Layouts and Press. Editor: probably Jeffrey Goodman. Three bimonthly issues, 1979. / This Fass publication focused somewhat more heavily on Television than its stablemates, covering such programmes as Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979) and The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982). In other ways it differed little from its companion publications. [GSt] see also: Media Magazines. /

McCaughrean, Geraldine

(1951-    ) UK editor and author, usually for children and for Young Adult readers, though occasionally for a wider readership; most of her work has been fantasy, beginning with A Little Lower Than the Angels (1987), where a young stonemason is seconded by God to serve as an apprentice angel. In A Pack of Lies: Twelve Stories in One (coll of linked stories 1988), a Mysterious Stranger – apparently materialized from a volume of Wisden's Cricketing Year and named MCC ...

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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