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Brown, Eric

(1960-2023) UK author who began publishing sf – after a children's play, Noel's Ark (1982 chap) – with "Krash-Bangg Joe and the Pineal-Zen Equation" for Interzone in Autumn 1987; like several further tales assembled in The Time-Lapsed Man and Other Stories (coll 1990), it is set in a future world dominated by the effects of bio-engineering and dense with information. This marriage of Cordwainer ...

Hildreth, Charles Lotin

(1853-1896) US journalist, poet, and author of a Lost Race Young Adult novel, The Mysterious City of OO: Adventures in Orbello Land (1889; vt OO: Adventures in Orbello Land 1889), set in the Australian outback. The teenaged protagonist, searching for his father who had disappeared years earlier, finds a lost, subterranean civilization – possibly of ancient Greek origins – flourishing among ...

Bernobich, Beth

(1959-    ) US author, much of her work being romantic fantasy, who also writes as by Claire O'Dell. Typical of this output is the River of Souls sequence beginning with River of Souls (2010 ebook), which in a style evocative of the Planetary Romance carries its protagonist through various parts of the decaying Erythandran Empire, which serves as the fount for continuing adventures. The ...

Vigliante, Mary

Working name of Mary Vigliante Szydlowski (1946-    ), who has also published sf as by Jarl Szydlow; she writes woman-centred tales whose taste for violence has struck from the first a note of ambivalence. Titles include The Ark (1978) as by Jarl Szydlow and the Aftermath Books, a Post-Holocaust sequence comprising The Colony (1979) and The Land (1979). Also as Vigliante she has published ...

Kassil, Lev

(1905-1970) Russian author who specialized in Young Adult tales, usually adherent to Soviet views of the proper development of Russian youth. Of sf interest is Shvambranye (1934; trans Sylvia Glass and Norbert Guterman as The Land of Shvambrania 1935; new trans Fainna Glagoleva as The Black Book and Schwambrania 1978 USSR), which describes a Lost World accessible only via a surreally ...

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. ...

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