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Burns, Jim

(1948-    ) Welsh illustrator, primarily of sf, born in Cardiff, with a diploma from St Martin's School of Art, London. From 1972 to 1979 his work was exclusively for UK publishers, notably Sphere Books, and he was not really known in the USA until publication of his illustrated book Planet Story (1979), with story by Harry Harrison. Since 1980 much of his book-cover work has been for US publishers, including Bantam Books, Ace Books, Berkley and Byron Preiss, including the ...

Hallam, Atlantis

(1915-1987) US author of Star Ship on Saddle Mountain (1955), a Young Adult tale of First Contact set in rural America. [JC]

Russo, Carol

(?   -    ). American book designer, sometimes credited as a cover artist. She graduated from New York's School of Visual Arts and first worked as a book designer for William Morrow before moving to a similar position at Ace Books, where she met Tom Doherty and Jim Baen, forging friendships that led to her long-term relationships with the companies they later headed, Tor Books and Baen Books. As one might expect from her background, many of her covers are ...

Nichols, Walter

(?   -    ) UK author of Simon Magus (1947), essentially an historical novel, though at one point suggests that – more than simply levitating, as the feared and revered gnostic magician was reputed to do – Magus is actually responsible for the Invention of an Airship. [JC]

Hansen, Rob

(1954-    ) UK fan, active in Fandom since the mid-1970s, who has edited and co-edited numerous Fanzines including his debut production Epsilon (18 issues 1976-1985) and Pulp (19 issues 1986-1991); his artwork has appeared in many fanzines including his own. He was the 1984 TransAtlantic Fan Fund delegate (see Fan Funds). From 1987 he has released the results of extensive research on the history of UK fandom, beginning with The Story So Far: A Brief History of British Fandom ...

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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