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Nevins, Albert J

(1915-1997) US Catholic priest, film director and author, whose Children's SF novel, The Adventures of Pancho of Peru (1953), describes the brave behaviour of the eponymous native, who has connections with a Lost World deep in the mountains. It was published as part of the didactic Adventures with a Purpose series. [JC]

Hoffmann, E T A

(1776-1822) German composer, painter, lawyer, judge and author. For many years he had thought of himself primarily as a musician, being intensely involved in all aspects of Music, including many critical works and compositions – several of his operas, including Undine (first performed 1816) were produced successfully; in 1810, for the publication of one of these compositions – the Miserere in B Flat Minor – he changed his third given name from Wilhelm to Amadeus in homage to ...

SF Magazines

Sf stories were a popular and prominent feature of such general-fiction Pulp magazines as The Argosy and The All-Story during the first quarter of the twentieth century. They were not, however, known as sf: if there were any need to differentiate them, the terms Scientific Romance or "different stories" might be used, but until the appearance of a magazine specifically devoted to sf no one had coined an accepted term to describe the category. The first specialized English-language pulps with a ...

Moorcock, Michael

(1939-    ) UK author and editor, married to Hilary Bailey 1962-1978; London-based until around 1980, and London-obsessed from his first vivid memories of the bombing in World War Two of its southern suburbs, an experience constantly reflected in his fiction – wartime London underlies many of its characteristic landscapes and Icons and its images of Entropy – and central to what may be his finest single novel, Mother London (1988), a work of singular complexity ...

Ward, Herbert D

(1861-1932) US author, most of whose short stories of sf interest were political dramas whose venues were only marginally displaced from late-nineteenth-century America, even though some of the tales assembled in A Republic Without a President, and Other Stories (coll dated 1891 but 1893) were ostensibly set a century hence. The White Crown, and Other Stories (coll 1894) continued in the same vein, though the title story itself is a Future-War tale of some interest. Master of the Magicians ...

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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