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Ruggero, Ed

(1956-    ) US soldier and author, usually of nonfantastic military fiction, though his first novel, 38 North Yankee (1990), is a very Near Future tale in which North Korea once again invades South Korea. [JC]

Terrill, Rogers

(1900-1963) House editor with Popular Publications who at various periods between 1933 and the early 1940s was editor-in-chief of the following Popular magazines: Dr Yen Sin, Dusty Ayres and His Battle Birds, G-8 and His Battle Aces, The Mysterious Wu Fang, The Octopus, Operator #5, The Scorpion and The Spider. [DRL]

Wahlöö, Per

(1926-1975) Swedish author, best known for his ten-volume Martin Beck crime novel series, all written with his partner Maj Sjöwall (1935-2020). His Near-Future sf thrillers, all of which interrogate the form they use, include Mord på 31:a våningen (1964; trans Joan Tate as Murder on the 31st Floor 1966; vt The Thirty-First Floor 1967), in which intrusive detective work and the intrusions of a totalitarian state are seen as nearly indistinguishable, and which was filmed as ...

Thomson, K Graham

(?   -?   ) UK author of an sf novel for boys, People of the South Pole (1941), whose young protagonists discover a primitive Lost Race in a clement zone adjacent to the South Pole. They try to teach them civilization. [JC]

Sorel, Charles

(?1602-1674) French lawyer, secretary to noble houses and author whose large oeuvre contains little that might reflect an inclination toward Proto SF; the 1602 year of birth, often given, would have him publishing multi-volume novels by his late teens, and birth dates in the 1590s have been suggested. Of some interest, however, are three tales which incorporate elements of the Fantastic Voyage, generally with Satirical intent. The three protagonists of Description de l'isle de Portraiture et de ...

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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