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Paine, Lauran

(1916-2003) US stunt rider, rancher and author, extraordinarily prolific in several fields, with more than 900 novels under his own name and 69 identified pseudonyms from 1950 until the mid 1990s, almost always for Robert Hale Limited. Over 600 of these were Westerns, many of them achieving a level of genuine competence; a relative handful of them were sf, which he wrote without particular inspiration. This Time Tomorrow (1963), a grim Future War tale, was published under his own name; further ...

Harkin, Jo

(?   -    ) UK author whose first novel, Tell Me an Ending (2022), is set in an Alternate History present day, a world increasingly concerned with the consequences of a policy of voluntary Memory Editing that seems to have kept the lid on the high anxieties of a culture much like ours, but – almost fatally – also entailed wiping any memory of having had one's Memory wiped. Several "victims" are focused upon, and their relationship with the Nepenthe ...

Heydon, J K

(1884-1947) Australian businessman and author whose World D: A Brief Account of the Founding of Helioxenon (1935), as told to him by "Hal P. Trevarthen, Official Historian of the Superficies", describes the creation of an Under-the-Sea culture, Helioxenon; the detail is considerable, sometimes Catholic. On the jacket the novel is credited to Trevarthen. [JC]

Cordell, Alexander

Pseudonym of Ceylon-born UK author George Alexander Graber (1914-1997); after World War Two he lived in Wales, a land to which he became intensely loyal, and where much of his non-fantastic fiction is set. The Bright Cantonese (1967; vt The Deadly Eurasian 1968) combines doomed romance and nuclear Disaster with an intensity reminiscent of the early Geoffrey Household, as the eponymous female Red Guard – who leaves her lover on a quest through the United States in search out those ...

Genone, Hudor

Pseudonym of US soldier, businessman and author William James Roe (1843-1921) for his sf and fantasy; he also produced some non-fantastic work under his own name and under other pseudonyms, including G I Cervus and Viroe. He was a freethinker – a disposition of mind found with surprising infrequency among nineteenth-century sf writers – and in an sf Satire, Inquirendo Island (1886), he dramatized in unmistakable terms his negative feelings about Christianity. The protagonist, ...

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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