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Saunders, Norman

(1907-1989) US artist who was active in Comics and especially the Pulp magazines, later working on paperbacks and trading cards. Some work was signed simply Blaine, his middle name. Saunders began painting pulp magazine covers in 1935, his first straight sf cover being for the August 1938 Marvel Science Stories. Other sf magazines to which he contributed covers or interiors include Amazing, Dynamic Science Stories, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Fantastic Novels and Planet Stories. Saunders ...

Stead, Robert J C

(1880-1959) Canadian poet and author, best known for the nonfantastic novel Grain (1926). Of some sf interest are Dennison Grant: A Novel of To-Day (1920), in which the unpacking of a Utopian land settlement scheme infers a movement into the Near Future; and The Copper Disc (1931) features a Mad Scientist who plans to rule the world through the powers contained in the eponymous object. [JC]

Clay, Cynthia Joyce

(1954-    ) US author whose Feminist sf tale, Zollocco: A Novel of Another Universe (2000), whose Earth-human protagonist finds herself transported to a world where a Gaia-like principle animates the forest; the argument of the book allows the inference that feminist goals are only to be achieved through a freeing of the spirituality of women. [JC]

Tinckner, Mary Agnes

(1833-1907) US author whose work of sf interest is San Salvador (1892), a Utopia set in a secret Italian location (see Ruritania) where, under a wise and Christ-embodying monarch whose ancestry is of Lost-Race antiquity, citizens manufacture their beautiful but practical wares by hand, after the model recently promulgated in William Morris's News from Nowhere (1890). [JC]

Ham, Bob

(?   -    ) US author of the Overload sequence of Post-Holocaust series of Military SF adventures comprising Overload #1: Personal War (1989), Overload #2: The Wrath (1989), Overload #3: Highway Warriors (1989), Overload #4: Tennessee Terror (1989), Overload #5: Atlanta Burn (1990), Overload #6: Nebraska Nightmare (1990), Overload #7: Rolling Vengeance (1990), Overload #8: Ozark Payback (1991), Overload #9: Huntsville Horror (1991), Overload #10: Michigan ...

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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