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Bantock, Nick

(1949-    ) UK artist, illustrator and author, in Canada from 1988; active as an illustrator from around 1962, with at least 300 covers credited to him, some as by Nick Fox. Much of his work, which is either collage-like or consists of actual (though clearly massaged) collages, conveys a sense that narrative energies are suppressed within the image, and threaten to become explicitly storyable, like a Cabinet of Curiosities jinxed into life: hints that his work contains ...

Pullman, Philip

(1946-    ) UK author, mostly of books for children and the Young Adult market, and mostly fantasy; his first novel, however, The Haunted Storm (1972) as Philip N Pullman, is a nonfantastic Bildungsroman for adults, though its climax in a devastated Mithraic temple hints at the shape of future work. In his second, Galatea (1978), also for adults, the protagonist's quest for his missing wife changes by stages into a Fantastic Voyage through Lost Worlds and obscured Utopias, ...

MacKay, Donald

(?   -?   ) US author of The Dynamite Ship (1888), a Near Future tale in which the Invention of a new Weapon is used to force the United Kingdom to free Ireland. [JC]

Twiford, William Richard

(?   -?   ) US author of one sf novel, Sown in the Darkness: A D 2000 (1941), which depicts the Near Future as a time of constant War and decline; the author's presumption (see Race in SF) that the white peoples of the world must arm themselves against a "rising tide of color" may have some part in the disappearance of his tale of dreadful warning, despite Twiford's ample descriptions of new Weapons and other Inventions. After the victory of the white races, ...

Cassilis, Robert

Pseudonym of UK historian and author Michael Edwardes (1923-1990), who specialized in Indian history under his own name; as Cassilis, his sf novel, Winding Sheet (1978), posits a Near Future Britain where the monarchy has regained genuine power, though Scotland has become more or less autonomous, and a revolt is in the offing. Edwardes is not to be confused with the business executive and writer Sir Michael Edwardes, who gained his knighthood not for his work as a writer but for his triumphs as ...

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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