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Turner, Edgar

(1857-1942) UK author whose The Girl with Feet of Clay (coll 1900) contains some spoofs and tales of genre interest, including "The Little Girl", in which a character resembling Marie Corelli literally refuses to grow up; there is no evidence that J M Barrie was familiar with the tale. Turner's Lost-World adventure, The Armada Gold (1908) with Reginald Hodder, which is set on two Islands in the South Seas, is moderately arousing; but he remains of more interest for The Submarine Girl (1909), in ...

Stirring Science Stories

US Pulp magazine, changing to letter-size for the final issue. Four issues February 1941 to March 1942, all edited by Donald A Wollheim. The first three issues were published bimonthly by Albing Publications which then ceased operating with heavy printing debts, and the company was taken over by Ben Sangor who operated as Manhattan Fiction Publications and sought to continue some of the magazines, including one final issue of Stirring which appeared nine months later but had been compiled long ...

Shaw, Ali

(1982-    ) UK author who remains best known for his first novel, The Girl with Glass Feet (2009), a fantasy in which elements of folklore surface through the tale of the metamorphosis of a young woman into glass; The Man Who Rained (2012) is also fantasy. Of some sf interest is The Trees (2016), set in a UK suddenly afflicted by a supernatural-seeming Disaster, a sudden countrywide irruption of full-grown trees, creating a chthonic forest. The tale focuses on several ...

Hayes, Charles Douglas

(1943-    ) US author of Portals in a Northern Sky (2002), a Time Viewer tale set in Alaska, through which the protagonists watch the past: out of which comes danger. [JC]

Lovecraft, H P

(1890-1937) US author who spent almost all his life in Providence, Rhode Island, maintaining extensive social contacts mainly by mail. He was an important figure by correspondence in the careers of many authors who later published work clearly influenced by him; and the correspondence between him and Robert E Howard illuminates these two solitary (but intensely communicative) figures. He joined the United Amateur Press Association (see APA) in 1914 and produced much of his early fiction in ...

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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