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Carhart, Arthur Hawthorne

(1892-1978) US conservationist in government service and author, of mild interest under his own name for The Last Stand of the Pack (1929), a set of animal stories [for Animal Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Of more direct sf interest is The Wrong Body (1937) as by V A Van Sickle, in which a medical experiment causes Identity Exchange between a criminal and a politician. Under his own name, Carhart was a prolific author of Western tales in various magazines; a few ...

Tallis, Frank

(1958-    ) UK clinical psychologist and author, mostly of The Liebermann Papers series, a nonfantastic crime novel series set in pre-1914 Vienna; of sf interest are Killing Time (1999), whose protagonist, after episodes of psychosis while trapped in a Virtual Reality world, commits murders in the here and now; and Sensing Others (2000), whose protagonist suffers Drugs-induced experiences of Telepathy and possible Identity Exchange. As F R Tallis, he has published several ...

Blyton, Enid

(1897-1968) UK author, exclusively for children, and mostly for younger readers; it is estimated that from the beginning of her career in 1922 she may have published as many as 700 separate titles, most of them very short, like the Faraway Tree tales, in which various worlds are accessed entirely by Magic. This vast oeuvre is so overloaded with racist, sexist and class prejudices that most of her titles are more or less unreprintable in their original state. Nor can there be any pretending that ...

Caveney, Philip

(1951-    ) UK advertising copywriter and author, primarily of horror and Young Adult fantasy, beginning with his first novel, The Sins of Rachel Ellis (1978), a Timeslip tale. Two of his series are fantasy: the Sebastian Darke sequence beginning with Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools (2007), whose protagonist is a half-elf jester; and the Alec Devlin sequence beginning with The Eye of the Serpent (2008). The Movie Maniacs sequence beginning with Night on Terror Island (2011) ...

Wayne, Jeff

(1943-    ) US composer and musician, best known for his lengthy concept-album adaptation of H G Wells's The War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson's; 1898), released as Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds (1978). This work, narrated rather grumpily by Richard Burton, retells the whole of Wells's story through songs sung by David Essex, Justin Hayward (of The Moody Blues), Phil Lynott and others. The music is lively and varied and the album has ...

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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