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Neville, Derek

(1911-1976) UK author of Bright Morrow (1947), a Near Future tale in which Cold-War-like conflicts gradually give way to a Utopian world. [JC]

Anderson, William C

(1920-2003) USAF pilot who served in World War Two, and author in various genres who published his first sf, The Valley of the Gods (1957) as by Andy Anderson. Like his Pandemonium on the Potomac (1966), it features a father and daughter: in the former book they philosophize about the extinction of mankind; in the latter they act on their anxiety about Man's imminent self-destruction, becoming involved in what turns out to be a British plot to enforce world peace by blowing up a US city as a ...

Ashley, Mike

Working name of UK editor and researcher Michael Raymond Donald Ashley (1948-    ), who has a special expertise in the history of magazine sf, fantasy and weird fiction; for this large body of significant work, he was given the Pilgrim Award for 2002. Ashley's first major work as an anthology editor was the four-volume The History of the Science Fiction Magazine, whose components are The History of the Science Fiction Magazine: Part 1 1926-35 (anth 1974), The History of the ...

Croft, Herbert

(1751-1816) UK barrister, lexicographer and author, best known for a nonfantastic roman à clef, Love and Madness (1780). He is of sf interest for the Kilkhampton series of Satirical sketches beginning with The Abbey of Kilkhampton; Or, Monumental Records for the Year 1980 (1780) [for further details see Checklist below]. Not specifically tied to this sequence, The Wreck of Westminster Abbey, Alias the Year 2000 (1788 chap) [for subtitle see Checklist below] continues in the same vein. ...

Alexander, Karl

(1944-2015) US film set worker – as cameraman, electrician, gaffer, grip etc – and author whose first novel was Time After Time (1979), a Time Travel romp in which Jack the Ripper evades pursuit in 1893 by stealing the Time Machine described and here constructed by H G Wells, travelling through time to 1979 San Francisco (see California) and a renewed career of crime. Wells pursues; romantic and suspenseful complications follow. The story was filmed as Time After Time (1979). Jaclyn ...

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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