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Wheeler, Francis

(1904-1969) UK author, mostly of thrillers, though as Francis Leslie Wheeler he published several volumes of popular Christian theology. His Sylvanian Adventure (1939) has some sf interest as a Ruritanian tale set in a hidden, heavily forested kingdom dangerously close to the outbreak of World War Two. [JC]

Sharp, Drury D

(1886-1960) US farmer turned author whose sf debut was the Lost-Race story "The Goddess of the Painted Priests" (April 1929 Weird Tales) but who subsequently made his mark in the Gernsback SF Magazines where he showed an originality of ideas and an occasional fluency of writing. His most popular story was "The Eternal Man" (August 1929 Science Wonder Stories), almost a pure Thought Experiment, where a scientist discovers an elixir of Immortality with the unfortunate side effect that it renders ...

Bruce, Muriel

(1890-1981) Canadian musician, journalist and author whose long-held interests in Theosophy, and other systems of transcendental knowledge, are reflected in her Lost Race novel, Mukara (1930), which is set far up the Amazon River. The protagonists, following a centuries'-old manuscript, discover an Apes as Human tribe, which they are able to escape, eventually reaching their goal, a City in a hidden valley inhabited by descendants of the land of Mu, which had been destroyed in the Flood. Radium ...

Wells, Angus

(1943-2006) UK author, previously a paperbacks editor, most of whose novels were seventy-five Westerns as by William S Brady, Matthew Kirk, Charles L Pike, James A Muir and J D Sandon, all published from 1975 to 1985; most of his remaining production was fantasy. Under the House Name Richard Kirk, which he shared with Robert P Holdstock, he contributed to the Raven fantasy series Swordsmistress of Chaos (1978) with Holdstock and, solo, The Frozen Gods (1978) and A Time of Dying (1979). Under ...

Vorhies, John R

(1920-1993) US author in whose Near-Future sf Satire, Pre-Empt (1967; vt The Nathan Hale 1968), a nuclear-submarine captain enforces world peace by dropping a few demonstration missiles on the USA and USSR, generating mockable confusion. Despite the fervent advocacy of right-wingers, America does not in fact opt for a pre-emptive strike. [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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