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Allan, Angus P

(?   -    ) Author of Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future (1977), a mediocre Tie to the famous Eagle space-adventure Comic strip Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future, novelizing the original Dan Dare story which ran from 1950. [DRL]

Oxenham, John

Pseudonym of UK lay figure in the Congregationalist Church, poet, editor and author William Arthur Dunkerley (1852-1941); he was co-founder, with Robert Barr of The Idler. Many of his works – some of them now-unread fantasies – served to advance his religious convictions. Two novels are of sf interest: A Princess of Vascovy: Her Trials and Troubles: Her Adventures and Misadventures: And Where They Brought Her (1899), a Lost Race tale climaxing in the discovery of a secret location ...

Tau Ceti

Brazilian jazz-fusion band, whose sole release Tau Ceti (1998) includes a number of instrumental keyboard-heavy tracks that aim to evoke the flavour of alien worlds ("Antares", "Visoes Noturnas"), as well as a compressed three-part adaptation of Dante Alighieri, "A Divina Comedia". It is pleasant, if bland, fare. [AR]

Carnell, John

(1912-1972) UK editor, anthologist and literary agent who worked usually as John Carnell and sometimes as E J Carnell; he was known to his friends as Ted. A prominent member of UK Fandom, Carnell took over the editorship of Novae Terrae, an early Fanzine, in 1939, retitling his issues (#29-#33) New Worlds. He began his professional career as editor in 1946 when New Worlds was revived as a professional SF Magazine. After only three issues the publisher failed, but Carnell with help from fandom ...

Rudaux, Lucien

(1874-1947) French astronomer and popular-science author and illustrator whose Sur les autres mondes ["On Other Worlds"] (1937) contains many examples of space art, imagining – in terms of current scientific knowledge – the landscapes of the Moon and other planets of our solar system. His depiction of the Moon's surface as consisting of rolling landscapes with rounded mountains and hills (Rudaux even explained his reasoning behind this) was criticized by Chesley Bonestell but proved ...

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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