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Stableford, Brian M

(1948-2024) UK academic, critic, translator and author, with a degree in Biology and a doctorate in Sociology, which he taught 1977-1988 before turning to writing full-time. He began his writing career early, collaborating with a schoolfriend, Craig A Mackintosh (writing together as Brian Craig), on his first published story, "Beyond Time's Aegis" for Science Fantasy #78 in 1965; much ...

Baird, Jon

(?   -    ) US film art director and author who is of some sf interest for The Explorers Guild, Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala (2015) with Kevin Costner, Stephen Meyer and Rick Ross; a second, fuller title-page in "period" gear, providing an informative continuation of the subtitle, reads Being an Introduction to that Secret Society and an Account of Certain Travelers in their Far-Faring Search for the Sacred City Yrs 1912-1918. Baird ...

Barre, Daniel

(?   -?   ) Probably pseudonymous UK author of The King's Messenger: A Wonderful Long Complete Story (1915), in which a Lost World, whose giant Black ruler has military ambitions, is discovered through a six-mile tunnel, and its sequel, The Great White Chief: A Powerful Long Romance (1915); the location is Africa, the Lost Race turns out to be one of the Lost Tribes of ...

Smith, D R

Working name of Donald Raymond Smith (1917-1999), UK author, editor and fan who along with J Michael Rosenblum was instrumental in maintaining lines of communication within UK Fandom during World War Two, in particular editing the British Fantasy Society Bulletin (1942-1946). He was an often controversial columnist in Britain's first ...

Bloch, Robert

(1917-1994) US author very much better known for his work in Fantasy and Horror – and also for his associational work, of which there is a sizeable corpus – than for his relatively small amount of sf; in the genres of the fantastic other than sf, he was a seminal modernizing figure, and he repeatedly applied one line of insight – the Blochian revelation that the sick protagonist in the foreground of a tale ...

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. ...



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