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Djanikian, Ariel

(?   -    ) US author who is of sf interest for her first novel, The Office of Mercy (2013), a Young Adult tale set in a moderately distant Near Future world, specifically in an Underground Keep called America-Five, a name from which the existence of other versions of America, beyond the traditional Pocket Universe-like constrictions here described, may be inferred. The protagonist, perhaps unsurprisingly, leaves her home, and soon experiences the Conceptual ...

Cole, Myke

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Shouting Down the Moon" in The Book of Final Flesh (anth 2003) edited by James Lowder, which appeared more or less simultaneously with his first novel, Car Trouble (2003), a Tie to the Wildsidhe Chronicles Shared World fantasy sequence. He is of sf interest for the Equipoisal Shadow Ops series comprising Control Point (2012) – which won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award ...

Wilson, David Alec

(1864-1933) Scottish civil servant (often in India) and author, much of whose career was devoted to defensive studies of Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881); of Modern Lilliput: A History of the Recent Re-Discovery of the Lilliput Archipelago, and What Has Been Happening There (1924), (see Jonathan Swift), a Lost Race tale in which the hidden Island, now rediscovered, proves to boast high Technology and other benefits. Some Satire of the modern world is provided [JC]

Burger, Dionys

Anglicized form of the name of Dutch physicist, lecturer and author Dionijs Burger (1892-1987). His Bolland: Een roman van gekromde ruimten en uitdijend heelal (1957; trans Cornelia J Rheinboldt as Sphereland: A Fantasy about Curved Spaces and an Expanding Universe 1965) is a Mathematical fable written as a sequel to Flatland (1884) by Edwin A Abbott. As indicated in the subtitle, Burger extends the Flatland fable into higher dimensions and Cosmology. [PN/DRL] see also: Benelux. /


Pseudonym of the unknown UK author (?   -?   ) who also published racist works as by G G; The Nameless Order (1924) posits a secret society of esoteric religionists (he was also anti-Semitic) who take over the world (see Paranoia; Race in SF). [JC]

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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