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Morton, J B

(1893-1979) UK author active from before World War One, then in active service 1914-1916, his war experiences being reflected in his first (untypical) novel, The Barber of Putney (1919; rev 1934); his second book, Gorgeous Poetry: 1911-1920: First Series (coll 1920 chap) as by J B M, containing travesties of unnamed poets he contemned as Modernists, established his lasting tone of voice, which soon found full expression in his work as by Beachcomber, a House Name created by a London Daily ...

Science Fiction Library

UK pocketbook magazine. Three numbered undated issues 1960; published by G G Swan, London; edited by Gerald Swan (1902-1981), uncredited. Science Fiction Library had no table of contents, poor paper and very small type. Original and reprinted stories were used, including some from the first incarnation of Science Fiction Quarterly. A companion magazine was Weird and Occult Library. [FHP] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist


Sf stories based on serious speculations about future means of transportation are greatly outnumbered by stories in which those means function as facilitating devices – i.e., as convenient ways of shifting characters into an alien environment. Inevitably, the same kinds of machines crop up in both categories of story because stories of the second kind borrow heavily from those of the first. Spaceships have been employed by sf writers almost exclusively as a literary device; few stories ...

Carey, Diane

(1954-    ) US author of some Gothic romances and historicals, mostly under her own name, though she has also written as by Lydia Gregory; as an sf writer, she has concentrated on Star Trek Ties, beginning with Dreadnought! (1986) and its direct sequel Battlestations! (1986) for the original series, and continuing to contribute to various of the successor and complementary sub-series of the empire, most notably perhaps titles in the Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star ...

Shedley, Ethan I

Pseudonym of Belgian-born software engineer and author Boris Beizer (1934-2018), in the US from May 1941; most of his publications [not listed below] concern computer system architecture and software testing. In his novel Earth Ship and Star Song (1979) the survivors of destructive Climate Change escape from the Ruined Earth, but while developing their Faster Than Light Starship drive inadvertently create a Black Hole that destroys a solar system and its Telepathic inhabitants; humans are then ...

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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