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Goth, Louis A

(1935-    ) US author known only for one routine Near Future thriller, Red-12 (1980). [JC]

Fuller, Alvarado M

(1851-1924) US inventor, "Indian fighter" and author whose sf novel, A.D. 2000 (1890; vt Back to Life (A.D. 2000): A Thrilling Novel 1911), wakes its protagonist (see Sleeper Awakes) in the Utopian culture of the year 2000, significantly the same year that the protagonist of Edward Bellamy's already hugely influential Looking Backward (1888) awakens. A single party rules North America, and electrical inventions (after a great disaster with "aluminum bronze", electricity has become the chief ...

Heard, Gerald

Working name of UK speculative journalist, Californian spiritual guru and author Henry Fitzgerald Heard (1889-1971), who usually signed himself as H F Heard for his American publications after he moved to the USA in 1937; for medical reasons he was rejected for military service in World War One, perhaps because he was homosexual. He is perhaps best remembered for his association with Aldous Huxley in investigations of the Vedanta cult and for such speculative studies as The Ascent of Humanity: ...

Robb, J D

Pseudonym of US author Eleanor Marie Robertson (1950-    ), much better known under her working name, Nora Roberts, who under that signature alone – though the Robb titles are themselves bestsellers – may be the most popular novelist in America, with sales of more than eight million copies a year. Some of Nora Roberts's approximately 225 books are paranormal romances, and a few are Timeslip tales, all being told with a wit and bravura not normally associated with ...

Morrow, W C

(1854-1923) US author who began selling short stories in 1879 and is generally thought of as primarily a writer of Horror, though some of the tales assembled in The Ape, the Idiot & Other People (coll 1897) are sf. His first venture into outright sf was "The Surgeon's Experiment" (15 October 1887 The Argonaut; vt "The Monster-Maker" in The Ape, the Idiot & Other People coll 1897), in which a Mad Scientist doctor decapitates a patient (who had begged him to assist in his suicide) but ...

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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