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Edogawa Ranpo

Main pseudonym of Japanese mystery author Tarō Hirai (1894-1965), sometimes romanized as Edogawa Rampo, a name derived from the Japanese pronunciation of Edgar Allan Poe, who was his literary idol. An amateur translator of Arthur Conan Doyle during his studies in economics at Waseda University, Edogawa began publishing detective stories and macabre chillers commencing with "Ni-sen Dōka" ["The 2-sen Copper Coin"] (April 1923 Shinseinen, trans Jeffrey Angles in Modanizumu: Modernist ...


Certain "laws", principles or guidelines relevant to sf have become known by their authors' names, and the following examples have separate entries in this encyclopedia: Isaac Asimov's well-known Laws of Robotics, Clarke's Laws of Futures Studies as formulated by Arthur C Clarke, and Sturgeon's Law (also known as Sturgeon's Revelation), coined by Theodore Sturgeon. Though not widely referred to as a law, H G Wells's principle that an sf story should contain only a single fantastic assumption is ...

Dunn, J Allan

(1872-1941) UK-born traveller, editor and author, in USA from 1893, most prolific as an author of Westerns, more than half of his output of at least 1000 stories being in that category; before about 1913, he normally wrote as Allan Dunn. He also wrote as by Joseph Montague. Of sf interest are The Flower of Fate (1928), in which a Lost Race of Lemurians is discovered on an Island in the South Pacific; and The Treasure of Atlantis (December 1916 All-Around; 1970), in which Atlantis, which has ...

Schneider, Robert

(1961-    ) Austrian playwright and author whose first novel, Schlafes Bruder (1992; trans Shaun Whiteside as Brother of Sleep 1995), edges into sf-tinted Fantastika through the life of its protagonist, Jophannes Elias Alder, a nineteenth-century musical prodigy (see Music) whose precocious compositions are made possible through what might be described as a Psi Power: an ability essentially to hear all sounds, and to transform them. A kind of liebestod overwhelms him aged ...

Porter, Henry

(1953-    ) UK journalist and author, whose The Master of the Fallen Chairs (2005) is a Young Adult Timeslip tale set in a house which, riven by a temporal fault line, registers new deaths, whenever they occur, through the sequential toppling over of the thirteen eponymous chairs. [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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