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Thompson, Harriet Alfarata

(1871-1922) US author of Idealia: A Utopia Dream; Or, Resthaven (1922 chap), whose protagonist visits a Utopian community for the elderly and the indigent whose features are so exceptionally humane that this domestic Pastoral could readily be understood as occupying an Alternate World. [JC]

Williamson, Jill

(?   -    ) US author most of whose works are explicitly (and it is to presumed all are in fact) doctrinally consistent with her particular Christian faith (see Religion). Her numerous fantasies [not given in Checklist below] are clear examples of this procedure from conviction. Of sf interest is the Safe Lands sequence beginning with Captives (2013), which describes in Young Adult terms a Near Future Dystopian world, which offers illicit pleasures of the ...

Glass, Philip

(1937-    ) US avant-garde classical composer; Glass has been a prolific, influential and varied maker of music since the 1960s, working in minimalist and popular idioms, utilizing both electronic and more conventional orchestral media. His most distinctive works share a focus on multiply-repeated rhythmic and melodic loops, to often incantatory though always precise and solid effect. The climax of his plotless but widely noted first opera, Einstein on the Beach (first ...

Goodchild, George

(1888-1969) UK thriller and adventure author and playwright. His first sf novel, The Eye of Abu (1927) as by Alan Dare, was an Atlantean (see Atlantis) Lost-World novel relating the discovery of the Fountain of Youth. As Goodchild he followed this with The Monster of Grammont (1927), marginally sf; The Emperor of Hallelujah Island (1930), about a kingdom of criminals; A Message from Space (26 March-17 September 1921 The Children's Newspaper, subtitled "A Thrilling Story of Flying Adventures ...

Ellis, Lindsay

(1984-    ) US film director, online content creator, journalist and author whose first novel, Awoken (2013) with Elisa Hanson and Nella Inserra, all writing as Serra Elinsen, is a spoofish paranormal romance whose protagonist falls in love with all things Cthulhu (see Cthulhu Mythos; H P Lovecraft). Her first solo novel Axiom's End (2020) extracts some UFO material out of the SF Megatext, though it focuses perhaps more interestingly on a kind of sequel to the initial First ...

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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