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Maugham, Robin

Working name of UK author Robert Cecil Romer Maugham (1916-1981), W Somerset Maugham's nephew; he is best known for a nonfantastic novel, The Servant (1948). His first publication, The 1946 Ms. (1943 chap), describes a Dystopian dictatorship founded, after the end of World War Two, by the British general responsible for defeating Hitler. [JC]

Vira, Soma

(1932-2003) Indian-born poet and author, based in USA where she died. She is of sf interest for her Planet Keepers sequence beginning with Checkmating Aliens (1996); the publication sequence, with later volumes in terms of internal chronology published earlier, seems not to correlate with the order in which the series was written. In a highly baroque Space Opera idiom, the sequence describes complicated conflicts and joinings between humans and Aliens, mostly conducted on an Earth ravaged by ...

Duggan, Ervin S

(1939-    ) US commentator, President from 1993 to 1999 of the American Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and author of Against All Enemies (1977) with Ben J Wattenberg, a Future War novel told from a moderately conservative standpoint. [JC]

Ward, Herbert D

(1861-1932) US author, most of whose short stories of sf interest were political dramas whose venues were only marginally displaced from late-nineteenth-century America, even though some of the tales assembled in A Republic Without a President, and Other Stories (coll dated 1891 but 1893) were ostensibly set a century hence. The White Crown, and Other Stories (coll 1894) continued in the same vein, though the title story itself is a Future-War tale of some interest. Master of the Magicians ...

Newman, Richard Louis

(1956-    ) US author of a Space Opera, Siege of Orbitor (1980), in which the eponymous Spaceship, en route to Jupiter, is assaulted from within by a Mutant planning to take over command; and a horror tale, On Wings of Evil (1988). [JC]

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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