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Pilkington, Roger

(1915-2003) UK biologist and author, well known for a number of nonfiction books on sailing small boats, as well as several popular volumes on genetics. In his sf novel, Stringer's Folly (1951), a naively idealistic Scientist has created a long-range sterilization device, and comes to the conclusion that only a virile, ruthless country would be able to exploit the Eugenic potential of his Invention. The tale climaxes in a Dystopia called Purgia. [JC]

Ruhen, Carl

(1937-2013) New Zealand-born author, in Australia from 1947, highly prolific from the early 1960s to 1989 with 78 reported novel publications – many from the high-output Australian "pulp" publisher Horwitz – plus numerous short stories and articles. His novels included some routine horror, not listed below. Ruhen is of sf interest as probably the principal collaborator on the film Tie Mad Max 2 (1982) with Terry Hayes and George Miller, novelizing Mad Max 2 (1981; vt The Road ...

Aermont, Paul

Pseudonym of US businessman and author Benjamin F Field (1806-1887), whose Fantastic Voyage tale, A Narrative of the Travels and Adventures of Paul Aermont Among the Planets (1873), recounts the experience of an interplanetary tour by Balloon to Saturn (see Outer Planets), Jupiter, Mars and Venus. As usual in tales of this sort, exemplary societies occupy the various planets: the inhabitants of Jupiter, for instance, have created a rationalist technophilic Utopia; Venus features cannibals and a ...

Wise, Robert L

(1939-    ) US evangelical minister and author of a "Christian horror" novel, Midnight (1993) who collaborated with Paul Meier on the second two volumes of the Millennium sequence [see Checklist below]. His solo sf-like novel, Wired (2004), like Millennium focuses on a Christian version of a post-Disaster world, in this case one that has been savagely depopulated and transformed into a police state. [JC]

Wallace, Nick

(1972-    ) UK media consultant and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Five Dimensional Thinking" in Life During Wartime (anth 2003) edited by Paul Cornell, like most of his work a contribution to the Doctor Who universe, in this case the Bernice Summerfield subseries. Fear Itself (2005) is set in the Doctor Who BBC Past Doctors subseries. Collected Works (anth 2006) assembles Bernice Summerfield tales. [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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