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Herbert, Brian

(1947-    ) US author, son of Frank Herbert, who began publishing sf with his third book and first novel, Sidney's Comet: Being an Account of the Remarkable Events Which Occurred During the Approach of the Great Garbage Comet (1983), a comic Satire which launched the short Garbage Chronicles series; the eponymous Comet, composed of human garbage, threatens Earth in the twenty-seventh century; the sequel, The Garbage Chronicles: Being an Account of the Adventures of Tom Javik ...

Borodin, George

Pseudonym of Russian-born plastic surgeon and author George Milkomane (1903-1996), who lived in the UK from 1932 and took out British citizenship in 1938; one of his pseudonyms, George Alexis Bankoff, was for some time thought to be his real name, but he himself asserted the contrary. Other pseudonyms – he wrote about 120 books in all – include George Braddon, Peter Conway, Alec Redwood and – best known – George Sava, under which name he wrote The Healing Knife (1938), a ...

Print Magazines

1. An entry which would have been superfluous in past editions of this encyclopedia because – with the exception of Centauri Express, which was a magazine in audio-cassette form (see Audiozine) – all Magazines, other than personal hand-written ones, were in print form. This may range from beautifully designed and printed SF Magazines such as Shayol or Ariel: to the most minor of Fanzines as once duplicated from typewritten stencils. It was only with the arrival of the internet and ...

Wellman, Wade

(1937-2018) US author, son of Manly Wade Wellman, who began to publish work of genre interest with the two poems " A Ballad of Despair" and "On the Staircase" in Fire and Sleet and Candlelight (anth 1961) edited by August Derleth. He collaborated with his father on the short stories – beginning with "The Adventure of the Martian Client" (December 1969 F&SF) – assembled as Sherlock Holmes's War of the Worlds (coll of linked stories 1975; vt The Further Adventures of Sherlock ...

Lord, Karen

(1968-    ) Barbados-born author, partly in Canada from late childhood, though she has continued to spend considerable time in Barbados. Her first novel, Redemption in Indigo (2010), is a fantasy Twice-Told from a West African folktale; the novel describes in wryly Feminist terms the attempts of an abandoned husband to restore the status quo; but his powerful wife has been granted by spirit figures a Magic wand known as the Chaos Stick (described in sf-like terms as a device ...

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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