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Salonen, Esa-Pekka

(1958-    ) Finnish classical musician and composer. Though better known as an orchestral conductor, Salonen has composed a number of sf-influenced works, amongst them ... auf den ersten blick und ohne zu wissen ... ["... at first sight and without knowing ..."] (1980) based on the work of Franz Kafka (from whose Der Prozess [1925; trans as The Trial 1937 UK] its title is quoted), and most notably Floof, Songs of a Homeostatic Homer (1982), a set of slightly frenetic leider ...

Chalker, Jack L

(1944-2005) US author and editor, though now very much better known for his fiction. He was active as a fan from an early age, and producer of a successful Fanzine, Mirage. As editor, he founded and edited the Mirage Press, which specialized in sf scholarship. His own work in that area began with The New H.P. Lovecraft Bibliography (1962 chap; rev vt The Revised H.P. Lovecraft Bibliography 1973 chap with Mark Owings) and In Memoriam: Clark Ashton Smith (anth 1963 chap), continuing with some ...

Brown, Rosel George

(1926-1967) US author with an advanced degree in ancient Greek; for three years she worked as a welfare visitor in her native Louisiana. She began publishing stories in September 1958 with "From an Unseen Censor" for Galaxy; some of her tales were interplanetary, some more typical of "women's" fiction. A Handful of Time (coll 1963) assembles much of her early work. The Sibyl Sue Blue series – Sibyl Sue Blue (1966; vt Galactic Sibyl Sue Blue 1968) and The Waters of Centaurus (1970) – ...

Hescox, Richard

(1949-    ) US illustrator who, between 1976 and 1993, painted some 135 covers for sf and fantasy books, and who thereafter has devoted his artistic endeavours to the Games industry and to private works. / Hescox received his formal art education at Citrus Junior College, Glendora, California, and more significantly at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California, where he took Fine Arts as a major. Even while still there he began eking out an income by ...

Lockhart-Ross, H S

(1856-1935) UK author of Hamtura: A Tale of an Unknown Land (1892), set in a Lost World Archipelago in the South Pacific, where two lost races are at war with each other. His surname has also been given as simply Ross. [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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