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Wilson, Steven H

(?   -    ) US information technology consultant, publisher and author whose sf series, the Arbiter Chronicles sequence beginning with Taken Liberty: A Tale from the Arbiter Chronicles (2006) is a modestly gonzo Space Opera strongly evocative of the world of Star Trek and other similar universes. Peace Lord of the Red Planet (2016) is a singleton. [JC]

Darlington, Andrew

(1947-    ) UK poet and author, sometimes writing as Andy Darlington, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Stairs and Steps" in Corridor for May-June 1972; a selection of his poetry has been assembled as Euroshima Mon Amour: Poems from the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits (coll 2000 chap) (see Poetry), and a selection of his short fiction as A Saucerful of Secrets (coll 2016). Darlington's sf novel, In the Time of the Breaking: New Directions in Scientifiction ...

Riding, Julia

(?   -?   ) UK author of several Space Operas for Robert Hale Limited, beginning with Gabion (1979). Space Traders Unlimited (1982) is a similar adventure for the Young Adult market. [JC]

Abbey, Edward

(1927-1989) US author, known equally for his controversial nonfiction studies of the ruining of the American West, and for the novels, written late in his career, jeremiads about the future of our planet that – at times melodramatically – advocate a form of armed resistance against the corporate buy-out of the world. The most famous of these late books is The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975; rev 1985), which Terry Bisson's Time-Travel novella Dear Abbey (2003) and Percival Everett's ...

Thompson, Vance

(1863-1925) US literary critic and author in various genres (including early twentieth-century nutritionism). The Carnival of Destiny (coll of linked stories 1916) depicts a sequence of Reincarnations in terms of fantasy; The Scarlet Iris (1924; vt The Tarnished Woman 1924) is supernatural horror; and The Green Ray (November 1922-March 1923 Munsey's as "The Man of the Miracle"; 1924) is hoax rather than sf, except for some ambivalence surrounding a Black man bleached white and unpleasantly made ...

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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