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Onyebuchi, Tochi

(1987-    ) US lawyer and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Dust to Dust" in Transverse Three (anth 2011) edited by Dario Ciriello. His first novel, the Young Adult Beasts Made of Night (2017) – the first volume of the Taj sequence – explicitly draws on his mother's experience of Nigeria, creating in the City of Kos a recognizable transmutation of Lagos; there is no link to the Greek island of Kos. Much of the tale seems couched in fantasy ...

Furney, Elliott E

(1848-1914) US medical doctor (based in St Louis, Missouri), inventor and author, whose Culture, a Modern Method (1891) applies techniques that might a century later be described as Genetic Engineering with Lamarckian implications, with the Invention of a process by which unhealthy cellular material is recast and rejuvenated; further experiments, where animals are – perhaps surgically – modified into servitors able to obey orders, are suggested. [JC]

Odom, Mel [2]

(1950-    ) US artist whose career began in the mid-1970s with erotic illustrations for Blue Boy and Playboy, followed by genre work in Omni and 1980s paperback covers for novels by various authors including Richard Adams, Paul Hazel and other writers of Fantasy, a genre well suited to his distinctive pencil-and-gouache technique. His paintings have also appeared on several Anthologies including Afterlives: An Anthology of Stories about Life After Death (anth 1986) edited by ...

Chevalier, Haakon

(1901-1985) US author and translator from the French of many works; his career as a university professor was destroyed by the House Unamerican Affairs Committee after 1950. The Man Who Would be God (1959), meant as a self-defence against the 1953 accusation that he had committed treason with Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), the "father of the atomic bomb". Almost inadvertently, the tale creates a portrait of a nuclear physicist who wishes to save the world from itself, but whose idealism, has ...

Morgan, Dave

Working name of David O W Morgan (1951-    ), UK author of three novels for Robert Hale Limited, Reiver (1975), in which Mercenary Guilds provide an outlet for youthful aggression and thus maintain world peace; Genetic Two (1976), with a struggle for survival on a far planet; and Adverse Camber (1977). Each is an unremarkable but efficient sf adventure. [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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