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Cridge, Annie Denton

(1825-1875) UK-born suffragist, socialist, lecturer and author, in USA from around 1842; mother of Alfred Denton Cridge. Of sf interest is Man's Rights: or, How Would You Like It?: Comprising Dreams (coll of linked stories 1870 chap), a Utopia set on Mars which explores the Satirical implications of Gender reversal through a series of dreams: men are seen obsessing over the finery they bedeck themselves in to gain a good marriage, complaining about endless housework. Automated kitchens are then ...

Samuel, Horace B

(1883-1950) UK lawyer and author whose Modernities (coll 1913) contains vivid studies of contemporary literary figures; in his sf novel, The Quisto-Box (1925), the consequences of the Invention of a mind-reading Machine are lightly explored: unchecked powers of Telepathy breaks up families, make government impossible, and so forth. [JC]

Edgar, Peter

Pseudonym of Peter Edgar King-Scott (1918-1993), UK engineer, lecturer, management consultant and author of nonfiction works on industrial management [not listed below]. His birth name lacked the hyphen, which he legally added in 1943. Edgar's Near Future sf novel is Cities of the Dead (1963), in which radiation from nuclear testing in the Pacific has caused various creatures Under the Sea to attain unnaturally huge size (see Great and Small; Mutants). These Monsters duly trouble the western US ...

Armstrong, Michael

(1956-    ) US newspaperman and author who began publishing sf with "Absolutely the Last, This Is It, No More, the Final Pact With the Devil Story" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in February 1981; his second, "Going after Arviq" (in Afterwar, anth 1985, ed Janet E Morris), was expanded (with the name respelled) into his second novel, AGVIQ: The Whale (1990), a Post-Holocaust tale set in Alaska featuring a woman anthropologist whose book-knowledge of the ...

Sokołowski, Krzysztof

(1957-    ) Polish critic, translator and editor, author of the Poland entry in the 1993 edition of this encyclopedia. A graduate of Warsaw University, Sokołowski is well known for his critical pieces on US-UK sf in the magazine Fantastyka. Since its foundation in 1990 he has been editor of Fenix, the first privately owned professional sf magazine in Poland; he is also a professional translator of sf. [PN]

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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