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Simmons, Dan

(1948-    ) US elementary school teacher circa 1971-1987 and author, who began publishing work of genre interest with "The River Styx Runs Upstream" for Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine in April 1982, and who was for some time thought of primarily as an author of tales of Horror, some of which – along with sf and Fantasy stories – were assembled in Prayers to Broken Stones (coll 1990). True to the instincts of that genre, his first novel, Song of Kali ...

Leonhart, Rudolph

(circa 1832-1901) German-born author, in the USA from 1852, specifically in Minnesota, where he witnessed the Battles of New Ulm in 1862 between white settlers and the Sioux nation. Two of his novels are of some sf interest: The Treasure of Montezuma (1888), in which a Utopia is founded in the hidden valley of Friedenstahl with the aid of the eponymous hoard; and Either, Or (1893), a Satire on the Gilded Age in America that leads to a second ideal society. [JC]

Kajio Shinji

(1947-    ) Japanese author, recipient of several Seiun Awards, much of whose career in the twentieth century was a sideline to his role in the family business, the Kajio petrol station franchise. Then the youngest member of the Uchūjin authors' group, Kajio approached Cryonics as a form of very slow Time Travel in "Mia e Okuru Shinjū" ["Pearls for Mia"] (1971 Uchūjin; trans Milo Barisof in Speculative Japan 4, anth 2018, ed Edward Lipsett), in the ...

Terra Incognita

US letter-size Semiprozine published by Jan Berrien Berends, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. It ran for six issues from Winter 1996 to Fall 2000. Unusual amongst sf magazine, Terra Incognita remained Earthbound. It wanted only stories that were set on the Earth, in the present or future, but no fantasy or Alternate History. It had an impressive start with stories by L Timmel Duchamp, Kadis Elliot and Darrell Schweitzer amongst others, an interview with Octavia Butler and an essay by Nicola Griffith, ...

Frontiere, Dominic

(1931-2017) US composer and musician, a child prodigy who had studied several instruments by the age of four and played a solo arrangement in Carnegie Hall when twelve. He arranged the music for numerous films beginning with Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956); he is best remembered for his highly innovative theme and incidental music for the first season of the classic US Television series The Outer Limits (1963-1965), for which he employed a large orchestra. A close associate of executive producer ...

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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