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Round Robin

Round-robin stories, in which multiple authors take turns to write sections or chapters of a continuous narrative, generally tend to be games played for the writers' own amusement rather than serious fictional enterprises. Such playful collaborations date back to the nineteenth century. One non-sf instance which had some modest commercial success was the very British mystery novel The Floating Admiral (1931) by "Certain Members of the Detection Club"; there were thirteen contributors, those ...

Wurts, Janny

(1953-    ) American artist and author, married since 1989 to artist Don Maitz. In 1975, she graduated from Hampshire College with a BA in creative writing and illustration, apt preparation for the two activities that would define her career. Her first published artworks were interior illustrations for naturalist Daniel P Mannix's novel The Wolves of Paris (1978), which led to other assignments to illustrate wildlife; she has also worked in advertising. In the early 1980s, ...

Genius Party

A two-volume Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) anthology series produced by Studio 4°C, who also created the Sweat Punch OVA anthology. The director/writer is shown in brackets after each segment title. / 1. Genius Party (2007). / Comprising seven short films, 102 minutes in total. Colour. / Genius Party (Atsuko Fukushima). In a strange desert a shaman in bird guise interacts with egg-shaped skulls. After some interesting psychedelic imagery a phoenix-like creature rises ...

Foster, L B

(?   -?   ) Australian author of an sf novel, The Hocus Root (1944), in which the eponymous shrub confers Invisibility on the protagonist after he has come in contact with it. [JC]

MacKaye, Harold Steele

(1866-1928) French-born lawyer and author, in US from infancy, son of the playwright and theatrical impresario Steele MacKaye (1842-1894) and brother of the author Percy MacKaye (1875-1956). Of sf interest is his novel, The Panchronicon (1904), a Time-Travel story whimsically condescending about its provincial protagonists and their travels to the sixteenth century in a Time Machine left by a traveller from the twenty-sixth century, who had died of injuries and pneumonia. The machine operates ...

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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