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Wardman, Gordon

(1947-    ) UK social worker, poet and author of political thrillers, the second of which, Reparations (1987), is set in a Near Future Dystopian northern England, where right-wing rules is beginning to create chaos; the protagonist is a worn-out revolutionary who returns to the fray for family reasons. The action is strenuous; but though some local success attends his efforts, there is little hope for betterment at the end of things. [JC]

Brick Bradford

US Comic strip created by author William Ritt and artist Clarence Gray for King Features Syndicate. Brick Bradford appeared in 1933 as a Sunday page and daily strip, with the Sunday strip the more fantastic and futuristic. Gray's clean, economical style, together with Ritt's imaginative, purple prose, made Brick Bradford more than just an imitation of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, which probably inspired it. Ritt was fired in 1948 for failing to keep deadlines, and died in 1971; Gray ...

Thorpe, Gav

Working name of UK game designer and author Gavin Thorpe (1974-    ), most of whose work has consisted of Ties to the Warhammer 40,000 universe, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: 13th Legion (2000) ins the Warhammer 40,000: Last Chancers subseries. He has also contributed to the Warhammer fantasy universe, beginning with Warhammer: The Claws of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness, Book One (2002) in the Warhammer: Slaves to Darkness. Not connected to either universe is the Empire of ...

Atwood, Margaret

(1939-    ) Canadian poet and author, some of whose poetry – like Speeches for Doctor Frankenstein (1966 chap) – hints at sf content, but whose interest in the form as a prose writer only became evident (as did her dis-ease at being identified as a writer of sf) with the publication of The Handmaid's Tale (1985), which won the Governor General's Award in Canada and the first Arthur C Clarke Award in 1987 for its 1986 UK release. The 1990 film version (see The ...

LaMaster, Slater

(1890-1936) US playwright and author whose Cupid Napoleon (7-28 January 1928 Argosy All-Story Weekly as "Luckett of the Moon"; 1934) purports to be a Planetary Romance but turns out to be a hoax perpetrated by Napoleon Bonaparte Luckett in the Near Future; the intended Satirical effects of the tale are seriously jumbled. The Phantom in the Rainbow (30 December 1928-2 February 1929 Argosy All-Story Weekly; 1929), about a man with paranormal powers, is marginal as sf. [JE/JC/DRL]

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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