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Lu Shi'e

(1878-1944) Chinese author who came to his profession late in life, after previously working as a doctor and rental library manager. His work was primarily in the field of Wuxia as by "Qinmeizi". His sole venture into future fiction under his own name, Xin Zhongguo ["New China"] (1910), also known as Lixian 40-nian hou de Zhongguo ["China Forty Years After the Constitution"] often lapses into fantastical analogies, as if his future Shanghai of 1951 is being observed by wide-eyed travelers from ...

Howard, Robin G

(1939-    ) UK author of the Jim Long sequence of Space Opera adventures for Young Adult readers, comprising Jim Long – Space Agent – Ancient Ones of Light (1994), White Hole: Jim Long – Space Agent (2000), Soulgate: Temple of Souls (2006), Divine Fanaticism (2010) and Battle of the Archangel (2012 ebook), plus the related collection Adventures in Space & Fiction Fantasy (coll 2015 ebook). All the tales are episodic, but the second unusually features a ...

Counter-Earth

An imagined extra planet of our own solar system, supposedly sharing Earth's orbit but always concealed from observation by its position on the far side of the Sun (that is, at or near the L3 Lagrange Point of the Earth-Sun system). The concept is ancient: Pythagoras proposed both the world, which he called Antichthon, and the mechanism of its concealment in the fifth century BCE. Although Counter-Earth – or Vulcan, as it is occasionally named – would not in fact remain hidden owing ...

Moss, Sarah

(1975-    ) Scottish author whose sf novel, Cold Earth (2009), set in the very Near Future, movingly depicts the fate – indirectly, through letters they send off into the void – of six archaeologists trapped in Greenland in winter by a planet-wide Pandemic as the End of the World looms. In Ghost Wall (2018), a single geographical point hauntedly connects a stone age adolescent (see Prehistoric SF; Ruins and Futurity) with the daughter of a contemporary ...

Marks, Graham

(?   -    ) UK design consultant, editor, Comics writer and author, much of whose work has been for younger children (and is not listed here); of his Young Adult work, much is nonfantastic. He is responsible for a late set of Ties to Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's last television series, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967-1968), beginning with Fire at Rig 15 (1993) and ending with Playing with Fire (1993); he also contributed a shorter sequence to the ...

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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