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Jade, Symon

Pseudonym of US author Michael Eckstrom (?   -    ), responsible for the Starship Orpheus sequence of Space Opera adventures, in which a rebel warship flees a repressive galactic empire, and engages in gadfly enterprises: Return from the Dead (1982), Cosmic Carnage (1983) and Alter Evil (1983). The series seems to have been terminated. [JC]

Parker, Daniel

Pseudonym of US author Daniel Ehrenhaft (?   -    ), almost all of whose work has been for the Young Adult market, those books written under his own name not being fantastic. As Parker, he wrote the Countdown Alternate World sequence of twelve novels, published at monthly intervals during 1999, beginning with January (1998) and ending with December (1999). On 1 January 1999, a Disaster reduces the world's population to those nineteen years old and younger. The ...

Hopkins, Pauline

(1859-1940) US editor, journalist, playwright, actor and author active from around 1880, whose difficult literary career (she was African-American) ended after the publication of her fourth novel, Of One Blood; Or, the Hidden Self (November 1902-January 1903 The Colored American Magazine; 2004). The protagonist of the tale – a medical student in Boston named Reuel Briggs, passing for white at a time of ferocious prejudice in America – becomes enamoured of a mysterious woman who ...

Weller, Archie

(1957-    ) Australian author whose second novel, Land of the Golden Clouds (1998), is set in a Ruined Earth Australia three millennia hence, long after a destructive nuclear World War Three; it is built around its varied protagonists' epic journey across the great continent, undergoing experiences typical of the Fantastic Voyage, before they redeem their world by defeating a possibly supernatural foe. Of the varied cultures emblematically presented, nearly intact survivors ...

Meyers, Roy

(1910-1974) UK practising physician and author whose first sf novel, The Man They Couldn't Kill (1944), introduces the vastly talented Dr D'eath, a Superman capable of inducing Hypnotic trances at a distance and of scientifically arranging for souls to take out-of-body excursions. Falsely convicted of a murder, D'eath clears his name and might have starred in a sequence of Doc Savage-like adventures had the book been successful. Meyers is best known for the later Dolphin series about the ...

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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