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Sykes, Arthur A

(1861-1939) UK teacher, journalist and author who sometimes wrote as by A A S and who sometimes spelled his surname Sikes; mostly in the second of his collections, Without Permission: A Book of Dedications (coll 1896), are assembled some stories of sf interest, usually Satirical, including "The New Bacillus", which seems to echo H G Wells's "The Stolen Bacillus" (21 June 1894 The Pall Mall Budget); "The Great Pan-Demon: An Unspeakable Story" (4 May 1895 The National Observer), whose target is ...

Ralston, Gilbert

(1912-1999) Northern Ireland-born screenwriter and author, in America for many years, who may have sometimes written as by Stephen Gilbert (see Stephen Gilbert for discussion of the resulting confusion). It was, however, under his own name that Ralston wrote the screenplay for Willard (1971), the film of the 1968 novel by the "real" Stephen Gilbert, and for the sequel, Ben (script 1971; novelization 1972); in the 1970s he wrote several Westerns, also under his own name. [JC]

Moudy, Walter

(1929-1973) US lawyer and author who published only a few sf stories after the debut of his sole novel, No Man on Earth (1964), a rather compellingly told story in which a man born of a human mother and an Alien father (see Biology; Exogamy) must seek out his destiny. His first short story was "The Dreamer" (April 1965 Fantastic); two others appeared in Fantastic and Amazing respectively in the following month; no further SF Magazine appearances followed. One more sf story is known: "The Search ...

Smaill, Anna

(1979-    ) New Zealand author whose first novel, The Chimes (2015), artfully conceals its distant Near Future setting in a London which may be viewed as a Dystopia, as it is oppressively guild-dominated and under something like a curse, which may be nothing more than the effects of twenty-first century global despoliation. At the same time, however, a detailed and subtle Equipoisal overlay allows a fantasy reading of the Amnesia-afflicted population, for which melodies and ...

Wood, Nick

(?   -    ) Zambian-born clinical psychologist and author, raised in South Africa and USA, currently resident in UK; after some unlisted stories in nonprofessional journals, he began to publish work of genre interest with "God in the Box" in Interzone for March 2003. His first novel, The Stone Chameleon (2004), Equipoisally mixes a depiction of Near Future Cape Town (South Africa) in Dystopian terms with Urban Fantasy, where gangs of teenagers transformed into ...

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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