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Shirley, George E

(1898-2002) US author whose routine sf novels – all very short – are A World of Their Own (1965 chap), in which the USA is destroyed by a nuclear attack and a surviving family in the UK awaits the time when they may safely return home; The Robot Rulers (1967 chap), in which Australia is overwhelmed by Robots; and A World Beyond (1967 chap), in which a new planet is discovered in the solar system and its simple-life Utopia is taken over by Soviet communists. [DRL/JC]

Allen, Roger MacBride

(1957-    ) US author who began writing with the Torch Space-Opera series, The Torch of Honor (1985) and Rogue Powers (1986) – both assembled as Allies and Aliens (omni, rev 1995) – whose considerable impact may seem excessive to anyone familiar only with the books in synopsis, as neither might have appeared to offer anything new. The Torch of Honor begins with a scene all too evocative of Robert A Heinlein's sf juveniles from three decades earlier, as a batch of ...

Science Fiction Classics Annual

US Digest-size magazine. One issue, dated 1970, published by Ultimate Publishing Co; assembled by Sol Cohen. All stories were reprinted from the 1930s Amazing Stories and had been items originally selected by Sam Moskowitz for his "Classic reprint" feature in Amazing Stories; his introductions remained. [FHP/MA] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Lupoff, Richard A

(1935-2020) US author who worked in computers until he became a full-time writer in 1970; he also used the pseudonym Addison Steele. He was first active in sf Fandom; the fanzine Xero, which he co-edited with his wife Pat, won a Hugo in 1963. A series of articles therein about Comics later formed the core of All in Color for a Dime (anth 1970), which Lupoff co-edited with Don Thompson; contributors included Harlan Ellison, Ron Goulart and Ted White. He contributed a long-running book-review ...

Haynes, Mary

(1938-    ) US author of two Young Adult novels of sf interest: Wordchanger (1983), featuring a "machine" capable of literally changing words and therefore the realities which they command (see Linguistics; Perception); and Raider's Sky (1987), a Post-Holocaust tale set shortly after a disastrous agricultural experiment has killed off 99.9% of the American adult population, and children are being entrained for unknown destinations (the evocation of World War Two is clearly ...

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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