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Noyes, Ralph

(1923-1998) UK author whose sf novel, A Secret Property (1985), depicts an Invasion of UFOs without great originality. [JC]

Cline, C Terry, Jr

(1935-    ) US author, most of whose work combines thriller and Horror in SF modes; he has published three borderline-sf novels – Damon (1975), about Mutant superchildren, Death Knell (1977), which deals interestingly with Reincarnation, and Cross Current (1979) – and one sf tale, Mindreader (1981), whose protagonist, while in hiding, unremarkably uses ESP to save the rest of us. [JC]

Chown, Marcus

(1959-    ) UK author, currently "cosmology consultant" for New Scientist; his sf novels, both in collaboration with John Gribbin, are Double Planet (November 1984 Analog by John Gribbin solo; exp 1988), a competent Hard-SF tale about a conflict of political interests over a Comet which may or may not be about to strike the Earth, and its remote sequel Reunion (1991), set 1000 years later, in which the lunar population has come under the influence of a cult claiming to hold ...

Huang Fan

Pseudonym of Huang Xiaozhong (1950-    ) a Chinese author whose occasional experiments in sf, Equipoise and the absurd have made him a distinct and distinguished voice in modern Taiwanese fiction. A former engineer and factory manager, he turned to writing full-time in the 1980s, except for a prolonged hiatus from 1993-2003 when he was secluded in a Buddhist monastery. He came to prominence with the non-sf Satire "Lai Suo" (1979 venue unknown; trans Robert and Candice P Eno ...

Roberts, Terence

Pseudonym of Ivan Terence Sanderson (1911-1973), Scottish-born US author and illustrator on the natural sciences, as in Living Treasure (1941), about wildlife around the Caribbean. As Roberts his sf novel was Report on the Status Quo (1955), a Disaster story set in 1958-1959, after World War Three has catapulted the world into a sudden Climate Change accompanied by a return of the dinosaurs. / As Ivan T Sanderson he wrote several articles on UFOs, beginning with "An Introduction to Ufology" ...

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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