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Wade, Tom W

(?   -    ) UK author who published mainly with sf publishers John Spencer (see Badger Books) under various pseudonyms. As Victor Wadey he wrote two bad yet charming sf novels, A Planet Named Terra (1962) and its sequel The United Planets (1962). The distant planet confusingly called Terra is populated by the Reincarnations of people from Earth, notably Elizabeth I, as space explorers from Earth discover to their amazement. He wrote Chaos in Arcturus (1953) ...

Kellogg, Vernon

(1867-1937) US entomologist, biologist and author; initially a pacifist in World War One, he recorded that his shock at the brutal implications of the Social Darwinism promulgated by senior German officers he met forced a change of mind, as he recorded in Headquarters Nights [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1917) (see also Eugenics). These encounters may have inspired Nuova; Or, the New Bee: A Story for Children of Five to Fifty (1920), in which Utopian topoi commingle with Beast Fable [see ...

Tenneshaw, S M

Floating pseudonym or House Name used 1947-1958 by Ziff-Davis and by the other Chicago magazines Imagination and Imaginative Tales. Initially Tenneshaw was used by William Hamling as a personal pseudonym, many of the twenty-two sf stories whose authors have not been identified being perhaps by him; later it was used once by Randall Garrett alone, three times by him in collaboration with Robert Silverberg, once by Silverberg alone, once by Milton Lesser and once by Edmond Hamilton. [PN]

Trevor, Meriol

(1919-2000) UK author whose Alternate-History tales in the World Dionysius sequence – The Forest and the Kingdom (1949), Hunt the King, Hide the Fox (1950) and The Fires and the Stars (1951) – convey a bright childlike nostalgia for a planet which in some regards resembles Earth but whose history is more satisfactory than ours. This angle of view may be accounted for by the fact that, with Margaret Priestley (whom see for her own contributions), Trevor had decades earlier created ...

Conrad, Earl

(1912-1986) US author, fairly prolific and sometimes controversial. His sf comprises a Near-Future novel, The Premier (1963), in which a Black segregationist creates a separatist Black state in Western America; and a collection of short stories, The Da Vinci Machine: Tales of the Population Explosion (coll of linked stories 1969), set in various futures postulated (and perhaps brought into being) by the eponymous machine. [JC]

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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