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Healy, Raymond J

(1907-1997) US editor who, in collaboration with J Francis McComas, compiled the 35-story, thousand-page Adventures in Time and Space: An Anthology of Modern Science-Fiction Stories (anth 1946; cut 1952; differently cut 1953; cut vt Selections from Adventures in Time and Space 1954; recut vt More Adventures in Time and Space: Selections from Adventures in Time and Space 1955; text restored, vt Famous Science-Fiction Stories: Adventures in Time and Space 1957), which remains a definitive ...

Laws, Robin D

(1964-    ) Canadian Games designer and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Susan" (in The Book of All Flesh, anth 2001, ed James Lowder) and who has written several Ties for the Warhammer Wargame universe, including Warhammer 40,000, beginning with Warhammer: Honour of the Grave (2003); he also contributed City of Heroes: The Freedom Phalanx (2006) to the Massively Multiplayer Online Game City of Heroes. [JC]

Hall, Sarah

(1974-    ) UK author whose second novel, The Electric Michelangelo (2004), skirts Fantastika through the life story of a tattooist. Of direct sf interest is her third novel, The Carhullan Army (2007), comprises the fragmented record (laid down long before its discovery) of a young woman brought up in a Near Future British Dystopia where women are scapegoated (see Women in SF); she escapes into the Lake District, where a commune of Feminists and environmental activists has ...

Fantastic Science Fiction

US letter-size magazine, edited by Walter B Gibson, the prolific pulp writer and creator of The Shadow (see The Shadow). Only two issues appeared, #1 (August 1952) published by Super Science Fiction Publications, #2 (December 1952) by Capitol Stories, both subsidiaries of Charlton Publications, Connecticut. / This inferior magazine, whose stories featured formulaic, simplistic and chauvinistic adventure, should not be confused with Fantastic, also begun in 1952, which for April ...

Graf, B J

(1970-    ) US teacher and author whose first novel, Genesys X (2020), combines noirish police procedural and sf in a tale, set in a Near Future Los Angeles (see California) gripped by illegal Drugs and a Pandemic descended from Alzheimer's Disease. The protagonist, tracing the roots of much of this malaise to Genetic Engineering gone awry, finds himself in bitter waters while assailed by surveillance Advertising gone mad. The structure of the tale suggests a sequel in due ...

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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