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Bolton, Johanna M

(1943-    ) US teacher and author whose first novel, The Alien Within (1988), carries its revenge-seeking female protagonist through a crumbling Galactic Federation, introducing her to a variety of Alien empires. Bolton's second novel, Mission: Tori (1990), also featuring a bereaved female protagonist, addresses but does not solve the mysteries surrounding the mineral-rich and much desired planet of Tori. Both book are in fact romances. [JC]

Frazar, Douglas

(1836-1896) US soldier and author whose Perseverance Island; Or, the Robinson Crusoe of the Nineteenth Century (1885) is a Robinsonade. After sailing to the South Pacific, in order to establish a Utopia there with his fellows, William Anderson is trapped alone on a desert Island between 1865 and 1880, when he is rescued. During his sojourn he discovers, and kills, a prehistoric sea serpent nearly 150 feet in length (see Monsters); he also comes into possession of a vast pirate treasure. More ...

Hunter, Norman

(1899-1995) UK professional conjuror and author for children and Young Adult readers first active before World War Two, his publishing career having begun with Simplified Conjuring for All (1923); during a sojourn in South Africa, from 1949 to 1970, he wrote nothing. He began publishing work of genre interest with a humorous fairy tale, "The Bad Barons of Crashbania" (in Number Nine Joy Street, anth 1931, ed Michael Lynn), and began his classic Children's SF series about the slightly screwloose ...

Amper, Drax

(?   -    ) UK author, almost certainly pseudonymous, of one routine Space Opera, Far Beyond the Blue: A Science Fiction Thriller (1954). [JC]

Worth, Peter

A Ziff-Davis House Name used on magazine stories; it appeared in their various sf magazines ten times from 1949 to 1951, usually concealing Chester S Geier or Roger Phillips Graham (Rog Phillips). [PN] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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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