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St George, David

Joint pseudonym of UK author David Phillips (?   -    ) and Bulgarian engineer and author Georgi Markov, the latter in the UK from about 1971; his assassination in London at the hands of Bulgarian agents was admitted only in 1990 after the old government fell. In their spoofish Near Future Satire, The Right Honourable Chimpanzee (1978), a crisis-ridden UK elects an ape as prime minister (see Apes as Human). [JC]

Lindsay, Vachel

(1879-1931) US poet, the clanging visionary primitivism of whose best-known work – the poems assembled in The Congo and Other Poems (coll 1914) – may have been ingenuous; some of the poems in Going-to-the-Sun (coll 1923) are of sf interest (see Poetry), one of them being adapted by John Clute for his sf novel Appleseed (2001). His Cinema criticism – assembled in The Art of the Moving Picture (coll 1915) and The Progress and Poetry of the Movies: A Second Book of Film Criticism ...

Strickland, Brad

Working name of US author William Bradley Strickland (1947-    ), who began publishing work of genre interest with "Payment Deferred" in Asimov's for May 1982, but who has concentrated mainly on fantasy, most notably perhaps in early stories like "The Herders of Grimm" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in April 1984 and in the Jeremy Moon sequence – Moon Dreams (1988), Nul's Quest (1989) and Wizard's Mole (1991) – which conveys its protagonist into ...

Waltermire, Beecher W

(1858-1932) US lawyer and author, father of the weird fiction author Arthur B Waltermire (1888-1938); he is of some sf interest for The Adventure of a Skeleton: A Tale of Natural Gas (1890), whose abnormally thin protagonist manages to slip down an oil well into the Hollow Earth, where he finds a fantasy-tinged world, and has adventures there. [JC]

Hunter, Megan

(1984-    ) UK poet and author whose first novel, The End We Start From (2017), sets an intimate story involving childbirth and childcare in straitened circumstances against an increasingly intrusive Near Future backdrop. The protagonist mother's waters breaking, and the rapid flooding of London as systems collapse due to Climate Change, are metaphorically joined with some efficiency. The young mother eventually escapes through a post-Cosy Catastrophe landscape to a Scottish ...

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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