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Herbert, Benson

(1912-1991) UK editor and author with a master's degree in science who began publishing sf in US magazines with "The World Without" for Wonder Stories in February 1931 and was fairly active in the 1930s. Crisis! – 1992 (October 1935-January/February 1936 Wonder Stories as "The Perfect World"; 1936), with an introduction by M P Shiel, deals with the ominous passage of another planet close to Earth's orbit, and with what humans discover when they land on it: the planet is actually a World ...

Hughes, Matthew

(1949-    ) UK-born author, in Canada from a very early age, who has also published, under slightly unfocused variations of his name, some non-fantastic work as Matt Hughes and as Hugh Matthews. He began to publish short crime fiction as early as 1982, publishing short work of genre interest only well after releasing the Fillidor Vesh series – one of the several groups of stories and novels making up the overarching Archonate sequence – and comprising Fools ...

Walker, David

(1911-1992) Scottish-born soldier and author, permanently in Canada from 1948, naturalized in 1957; best known for sentimental evocations of Scottish spirit like Geordie (1950), later filmed. Winter of Madness (1964) is a Near-Future melodrama with spoof elements, involving a mysterious Invention, all told in a manner modestly evocative of John Buchan; and The Lord's Pink Ocean (1972) is a tale of Pollution and Disaster in which all but one of the world's oceans die when algae are Genetically ...

Hopen, Stuart

(?   -    ) US author of Comics from the 1970s, his best-known title being the single issue of Daemon Mask (1987) with Russ Martin. His first novel, Warp Angel (1995), is a conspicuous rogue singleton in the world of the New Space Opera: the more baroque, intensely conceived, transgressive form of Space Opera that came to maturity in the 1990s. In a four-planet system itself "warped" by the universal ban on Faster Than Light warp travel – the use of ...

Utpatel, Frank

(1905-1980) American artist. A lifelong resident of Wisconsin, Utpatel entered the field of sf art because of his friendships with writers August Derleth and Mark Schorer. Although he reportedly did some interior illustrations for Weird Tales, he is best known for his Arkham House book covers, beginning with H P Lovecraft's The Shadow over Innsmouth (1936). / Utpatel's covers tended to consist of moody, black-and-white images, like his silhouetted figure stalking through a forest for the ...

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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