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Tsouras, Peter G

(?   -    ) US soldier, intelligence officer and author of Greek descent, most of whose books are nonfictional or lightly fictionalized Alternate Histories with an emphasis on military matters and featuring clearly articulated Jonbar Points, beginning with Gettysburg: An Alternate History (1997), in which a number of military actions are described as having turned out differently, the speculations in this book being narrowly focused. More adventurous are Dixie ...

Lermina, Jules

(1839-1915) French journalist and author, who sometimes wrote as William Cobb (usually for work set in America), active from 1859, suffering arrest for his opposition to the Second Empire of Napoleon III; in the 1880s, he became honorary president of a contorted dynastic descendant of the Theosophical Society (see Theosophy); his novels include two nonfantastic sequels to Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo (1844-1845 18vols). After short stories from as early as 1870, and after Le ...

Mitchell, Syne

(1970-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Tiger's Eye" in Sword and Sorceress #3 (anth 1992) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and who concentrated on fantasy until the publication of her first novel, Murphy's Gambit (2000), a Young Adult tale set in a moderately Dystopian world dominated by corporations; Murphy herself, raised in "zero gravity" as an oppressed "space worker", turns out to be able to pilot a Faster Than Light Spaceship owned by a ...

Berlyn, Michael

(1949-    ) US author and computer-game designer (see Cyborg) whose first novel, the sf adventure Crystal Phoenix (1980), received some adverse comment for the amount of female Torture it contains. The Integrated Man (1980) projects a Dystopian future for urbanized humanity, with a plot based on the shunting of human consciousness into Computer chips, reminiscent in this of John T Sladek's The Müller-Fokker Effect (1970). Blight (1981) as by Mark Sonders, is an ...

Roberts, Alaric J

(?   -    ) US author in whose New Trade Winds for the Seven Seas (1942) a Lost World is discovered beneath a Pacific Island Under the Sea inhabited by survivors of Atlantis, who agree to use their advanced Technology and civilization to help the twentieth century world above. You Do Take It With You (1953) with Donald K MacDonald was a vanity press publication. [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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