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Roche, Eugenius

(1780/1786-1829) Either a French-born author in the UK from his late teens, or (slightly less likely) an Irish-born writer raised in France and in the UK from his early twenties; in any case, his career in London as journalist and playwright was financially disastrous, litigious, and he left many children in extreme poverty after his early death. The long title poem of his posthumous London in a Thousand Years (coll 1830), is a contemplation, in the mode of the Ruins and Futurity vision, of ...

Franklin, Stephen

(1922-1985) Canadian journalist and author, in whose Knowledge Park (1972), the Ontario-Quebec border north of Lake Abitibi houses a community of conjoined libraries in an edificial Keep known as the Igloos of Minerva which comes to contain the shared memories of human civilization. [JC]

Garnett, Tay

Working name of US film director and author William Taylor Garnett (1884-1977), whose Lost Race novel, Man Laughs Back (1935), is set deep in the South American jungle, where a native civilization, descended from the Incas, is instrumental in keeping a foolhardy surveyor (and his team of twenty-six lads) from disaster. As a director, he is best known for The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946); of sf interest is A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1948), based on Mark Twain's novel. ...

Trow, William Park

(1894-1982) US educational psychology whose primary focus on the use of Psychology to address the nature of forma learning is reflected in Gulliver's Visit to Walden III: A Report on the Values in Education (1976), which couched as Gulliver's visit to a later version of the Utopia promulgated in B F Skinner's Walden Two (1948). [JC]

Electric Velocipede

US Amateur Magazine normally published twice yearly from Fall 2001, by Spilt Milk Press, Somerset, New Jersey, and edited by John Klima. It began paying contributors a token fee from issue #10 (Spring 2006), thus technically making it a Semiprozine, though it won the Hugo award for Best Fanzine in 2009. Until the double issue #21/22 (Fall 2010) it was available in print form, bound in an intermediate (half-legal) size (8.5 x 6.9 in; 215 x 175 mm), saddle-stapled. From issue #14 (Spring 2008), ...

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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