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Lynch, Patrick

Joint pseudonym of UK authors Gary Humphreys (?   -    ) and Philip Sington (1962-    ) for a series of Technothrillers including The Annunciation (1993) and Carriers (1995), a medical Technothriller about a hugely menacing Pandemic originating in the tropics. [JC]

Barron, D G

(1922-2000) UK architect and author. In The Zilov Bombs (1962), unilateral UK nuclear disarmament has led to Soviet domination of all Europe (see Politics); after five years (by 1973) the underground is putting pressure on characters like the narrator, who ultimately solves his moral anxieties by detonating one of the eponymous devices, assassinating some Communist tyrants. [JC]

Love, Rosaleen

(1940-    ) Australian author, science journalist and lecturer in the history and philosophy of science. Love has been publishing short fiction – not all sf – since 1985, her first story of genre interest being "The Laws of Life" for Westerly #30 in that year, about a student of Biology whose empathy with other living things seems unmannerly in Homo sapiens; she has won a number of Australian Mainstream awards for her stories. Her astringent sf Fabulations are ...

Philmus, Robert M

(1943-    ) US sf critic, professor of English literature at Concordia University, Montreal. He became a co-editor of Science Fiction Studies with the November 1978 issue and remained in that position until the last issue of 1991; he remains a contributing editor. His Into the Unknown: The Evolution of Science Fiction from Francis Godwin to H.G. Wells (1970; rev 1983) is scholarly and informative, and something of a pioneering study for its time. Philmus also wrote the ...

Lazarus, Henry

(1855-1922) UK author, active in the 1890s, not to be confused with the well-known clarinetist, Henry Lazarus (1815-1895); his Future History, The English Revolution of the Twentieth Century: A Prospective History (1894), caused some stir through its advocacy of a welfare state, which the text pictures as following on from a revolution by the forces of Labour led by the redoubtable Carlyle Democritus. [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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