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Wilhelm, Kate

(1928-2018) US author, married to Damon Knight from 1963 until his death in 2002; beyond her writing, she was long influential, initially along with her husband, in the Milford Science Fiction Writers' Conference, which he founded in 1958, and its offshoot, the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop, in which she was directly involved from the beginning. She edited one of the Anthologies of stories from the latter, Clarion SF (anth 1977); the nonfiction Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More ...

Clark, Gideon

(circa 1888-1955) UK author of a Scientific Romance, Substitute for Living (1937), a Satire in which unwholesome consequences are generated through the Invention of a Time Viewer which shows moments from the past. [JC]

Franklin, Alfred

(1830-1917) French librarian, historian and author whose Les Ruines de Paris en 4875: Documents officiels et inédits (1875; trans Brian Stableford as "The Ruins of Paris in 4875" in Investigations of the Future [anth 2012 pod]) describes an expedition in 4875 from New Caledonia to the ruins of Paris (see Ruins and Futurity), which has been destroyed by a great undescribed Disaster, and whose inhabitants seem to have suffered at least cultural Devolution. The anthropologists (see ...

Dingle, A E

(1879-1947) UK seaman and author, chiefly of sea stories, many published as by Captain Dingle. His pseudonyms include Brian Cotterell and, more prolifically, "Sinbad". It has been suggested that Fletcher's Island (1932; vt Sinister Eden 1934) as by Brian Cotterell is sf or supernatural, but it is in fact a detective novel in an exotic setting. As "Sinbad", he wrote two Lost World tales, Pirates May Fly (1943) and The Age-Old Kingdom (19 August-9 September 1922 Argosy All-Story Weekly; 1947), in ...

Vachell, Horace Annesley

(1861-1955) UK land speculator (in 1880s-1890s California), playwright and author, active in the latter capacity from about 1900. In The Other Side: Being Certain Passages in the Life of a Genius (1910), a man involved in a crime investigation acquires knowledge from another Dimension. [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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