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Maine, Charles Eric

Pseudonym used by UK author David McIlwain (1921-1981) for his sf; two other pseudonyms, Richard Rayner and Robert Wade, were used for detective thrillers. Maine was one of the relatively few but extremely active UK fans before World War Two, and in 1938 published his first story, "The Mirror", in his Fanzine The Satellite, which he edited with Jonathan Burke; he also appeared in the fanzine incarnation of New Worlds. His first novel was Spaceways: A Story of the Very Near Future (1953; vt ...

Griggs, Sutton E

(1872-1933) US minister, social activist and author, whose father had been a slave in Georgia. He spent much of his long career writing, publishing through his own firm (Orion Publishing Company) and distributing texts mostly designed for Black readers, generally advancing a meliorist analysis of the world in which they had to survive. In his view, the pragmatic exercise of virtue would bring social justice to all races; he was an admirer of W E B Du Bois and a member of the National ...

Baker, Will

Working name of US teacher, environmentalist and author William Edwin Baker (1935-2005), who began his publishing career with Syntax in English Poetry (1967) as William E Baker, his career as a writer of fiction with Chip (1979), one of several novels deeply involved in the world of the American West, and his short career as an sf writer with Shadow Hunter (1993), a post-Disaster tale in which, after a kind of last war has alarmed the powers-that-be, a hybrid species – the Pobla, who are ...

Rayner, Jacqueline

(?   -    ) UK author long associated with the Doctor Who universe, for which she has written numerous Ties, beginning with Doctor Who: Earthworld (2001), including some associated Professor Bernice Summerfield books, beginning with Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Squire's Crystal (2001). Her later contributions to Merlin, a fantasy series for Television, begin with Merlin: The Magic Begins (2009) [JC]

Stargate: Atlantis

Canadian-American tv series (2004-2009). Created by Robert C Cooper and Brad Wright for The Sci Fi Channel. Producers include Cooper, Wright, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie, and N John Smith. Directors include Martin Wood, Andy Mikita, William Waring, and Peter DeLuise. Writers include Cooper, Wright, Mallozzi, Mullie, Martin Gero, Carl Binder, and Alan McCullough. Cast includes Joe Flanigan as Major/Lt Colonel John Sheppard, David Hewlett as Dr Rodney McKay, Rachel Luttrell as Teyla Emmagan, ...

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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