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Kingston, Agnes Kinloch

(1824-1913) UK linguist and translator, married from 1853 until his death to W H G Kingston, who published her translations of Jules Verne and Johann Wyss under his own name without acknowledgement; for some later work she signed herself Agnes D Kingston. These translations, which have been properly faulted for expurgations and inaccuracies, were typical of Victorian workmanship in this field; she was by no means the worst offender. [JC]

Otis, James

Working name of US journalist, editor and author James Otis Kaler (1848-1912), who published at least 175 novels, apparently most or all of them for boys. Titles of sf interest include – but may not be restricted to – three Lost Race tales: The Treasure Finders: A Boy's Adventure in Nicaragua (1889); The Search for the Silver City: A Tale of Adventure in Yucatan (1893), in which a Mayan survival is discovered in the remote mountains; and The Treasure of Cocos Island: A Story of the ...

Berthoud, S Henry

(1804-1891) French editor, amateur academic and author, active from the early 1820s, who gave his first name as Henry for literary work; his first significant book, Contes misanthropiques ["Misanthropic Tales"] (coll 1831), assembles very early examples of the conte cruel, along with various supernatural fictions, sometimes evocative of the work of E T A Hoffmann. Along with examples of this material, stories of some sf interest are assembled as Martyrs of Science; And Other Victims of Devilry ...

Perkins, Michael

(1942-    ) US author and poet, whose erotic sf novels for Essex House (see Sex) included Evil Companions (1968) and Terminus (1969). [JC]

Curry, E S

(1837-1906) Canadian-born minister and author, who became a US citizen in 1901; his The No-Din: Romance, History and Science of Pre-Historic Races of America and Other Lands (1899) is Prehistoric SF. Somewhat confusedly, 8000 years after the birth of Adam, an Edenic continent in the South Pacific is destroyed by a Comet; the survivors of this Disaster flee far and wide in Airships – including the No-Din itself and eventually colonize "Amurica", "Atlantuz", "Ophur" and other territories. ...

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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