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Yokoyama Eiji

(1953-    ) Japanese artist and Manga illustrator, who quit his design company job in 1981, the same year as his comics debut, "Richigi-na Gendai" ["The Age of Integrity"] (graph 1981 Comic Ryū). Other notable early works include Scramble Kekka ["Scramble Effect"] (graph 1982 Shōnen Champion) and Monthly Planet (graph 1985 S-F Magazine), all gag strips depicting Hard SF situations with cute, infantilized characters. He was also a cover illustrator for many ...

McDonald, Sandra

(1966-    ) US military officer and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Opening Night" for Electric Velocipede in 2002, and much of whose often transgressive, Equipoisal short fiction has been assembled as Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories (coll 2010). Her Jodenny Scott/Terry Myell sequence – comprising The Outback Stars (2007), The Stars Down Under (2008) and The Stars Blue Yonder (2009), with further volumes seemingly intended – ...

Margroff, Robert E

(1930-2015) US author who published his first story, "Monster Tracks", in If in October 1964 solo, but became best known for the collaborations with Piers Anthony which comprise all his book-length work. These began with two sf novels, The Ring (1968) – the titular device being imposed on criminals to provide an artificial conscience that punishes conscious wrongdoing with severe pain (see Crime and Punishment) – and the rather more lightweight The E.S.P. Worm (1970). After a ...

Perkins, Lucy Fitch

(1865-1937) US author of the loose Twins sequence of tales for older children, beginning with The Dutch Twins (1912). The various tales are linked by the fact that each features twins; there is no other continuity in the series. The only story with sf interest is The Cave Twins (1916), a fairly typical Prehistoric SF narrative whose twin protagonists are responsible for many culture-improving Inventions as their tribe migrates across interesting territories in search of a new homeland; ...

Hildick, E W

(1925-2001) UK author, partially resident in the USA from around 1965, prolific author from 1958 of no-nonsense tales for younger children and Young Adult readers, often featuring working-class protagonists and focusing on practical solutions to the problems of living; the late Ghost Squad sequence enjoyably loosens his didactic impulses, retailing a series of conflicts between its young protagonists and the eponymous gang of quasi-criminal ghosts. Books of sf interest include Manhattan Is ...

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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