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Muir, Ramsay

(1872-1941) UK historian, Liberal politician and theorist, and author, whose mildly fictionalized quasi-Utopia, Robinson the Great: A Political Fantasia [for full title see Checklist] (1929), edges into the Near Future in its descriptions of an English Parliament free of the shackles of party rule. [JC]

Roberts, Charles G D

(1860-1943) Canadian poet and author, important in Canada's literary history, prolific in several modes from 1880 to 1941, brother of Theodore Goodridge Roberts; the posthumous collapse of his reputation came about partly because of the unyielding conservatism of his poetry (now forgotten except for warhorses), but also because his racism about Native Canadians (and others) has worn poorly. Earth's Enigmas (coll 1896; rev 1903) contains several supernatural tales. Among his many works focusing ...

Rather, Lina

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Marking the Witch" in Flash Fiction Online for February 2017 (see Flash Fiction). Her first novel, Sisters of the Vast Black (short version first appeared Tor.com Publishing 2019 Debut Sample, anth 2019 ebook: 2019), which is set in a galaxy-encompassing Space Opera universe, traces the interstellar travels (see Colonization of Other Worlds; Religion; Women in SF) of the female Order of ...

Lighthall, W D

(1857-1954) Canadian politician, lawyer and author, of whose several novels The Master of Life: A Romance of the Five Nations and of Prehistoric Montreal (1908) is of some sf interest for its argument that the historical sixteenth-century (or earlier) creation of the Five Nations – a grouping of Native American cultures, also known as the Iroquois League – was inspired by an earlier nation-forming culture now so obscure that it constitutes a Lost Race. [JC]

Ansible [publication]

Fanzine (1979-1987 and 1991-current), edited from Reading, Berkshire, UK, by David Langford. The first sequence used UK quarto format throughout, 4-10pp, and ran from #1 (August 1979) to #50 (August/September 1987) at irregular but increasing intervals; it was revived as a 2pp A4 newssheet with #51 (October 1991) and continues in this format, together with various digital and online versions. / Ansible – named for Ursula K Le Guin's coined word for an instantaneous communicator (see ...

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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