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Carey, Diane

(1954-    ) US author of some Gothic romances and historicals, mostly under her own name, though she has also written as by Lydia Gregory; as an sf writer, she has concentrated on Star Trek Ties, beginning with Dreadnought! (1986) and its direct sequel Battlestations! (1986) for the original series, and continuing to contribute to various of the successor and complementary sub-series of the empire, most notably perhaps titles in the Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star ...

Robb, John

Pseudonym of UK author Norman Robson (1917-1993) whose Space Beam (1952) is an unpretentious Space Opera. [JC]

Motta, Luigi

(1881-1955) Italian author, prolific for many years, beginning with several tales in collaboration with the already famous Emilio Salgari (1862-1911). Much of Motta's sf output is not identified here, though La Principessa delle rose (1911; trans William Collinge as The Princess of the Roses 1919) gained some English-language readers for its Prediction of World War One, which he describes in grim terms. The Near Future Il tunnel sottomarino ["The Tunnel Under the Sea"] (1914) is typically ...

Banks, David

(1951-    ) UK actor who played the Cyberleader (1982-1988) in the television series Doctor Who, for which series he wrote a "biography" tied to his role, Doctor Who: Cybermen (1988; rev 1990), which he adapted into a series of radio cassettes (1989-1990); more recently, he wrote a novel tied to the series, Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Iceberg (1993). [JC]

Adam and Eve

Brian W Aldiss has given the name Shaggy God Stories to stories which provide simple-minded sf frameworks for Biblical myths. A considerable fraction of the unsolicited material submitted to sf magazines is or was reputed to consist of stories of this kind, the plot most frequently represented being the one in which survivors of a space disaster land on a virgin world and reveal (in the final line) that their names are Adam and Eve. Understandably, these stories rarely see print, although A E ...

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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