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Seidenberg, Roderick

(1889-1973) German-born architect and author, in USA from 1910 or earlier; imprisoned 1918-1920 as a World War One conscientious objector. In the 1930s, while designing several buildings in New York, he also contributed essays to various journals. His first book, Posthistoric Man: An Inquiry (1950), incisively if adamantly argues that human history in the large scale is essentially predetermined, and can be graphed as a three-part sequence: ...

Vinge, Vernor

(1944-2024) US author and professor of mathematics at San Diego State University until 2000, when he retired to write full-time; married to Joan D Vinge 1972-1979. He began publishing sf with "Apartness" for New Worlds in June 1965, and appeared fairly regularly in Analog, his best early work being collected in True Names and Other Dangers (coll 1987), which contains ...


US Fanzine (1950-1953), 30 issues, edited from Georgia by Lee Hoffman. Though undistinguished in appearance, Quandry was noted for the quality and humour of its writing; along with Hyphen, its influence on fan publishing is still remembered. Contributors included Walt Willis, Robert Silverberg, Wilson ...

Fitch, Anna M

(1840-1904) US author of Better Days; Or, a Millionaire of To-Morrow (1891) with her husband Thomas Fitch; it is a Utopia told from a conservative point of view. [JC]

Jahn, Mike

Working name of US journalist and author Joseph Michael Jahn (1943-    ), who also writes as Michael Jahn, and most of whose work of sf interest was in Ties for the television series The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women, and War (1975), The Rescue of Athena One (1975), The Secret of Bigfoot Pass (1976) and International Incidents (1977). ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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