Brede, Arnold

Tagged: Author | House name

Pseudonym of a UK writer (?   -    ) whose identity has not been discovered, or possibly a Scion House Name; three crime novels were published under this name, and the unremarkable Sister Earth (1951), about a Counter-Earth on the other side of the sun. [JC] "Arnold Brede" born died works Sister Earth (London: Scion, 1961) [pb/George Ratcliffe] links Internet Speculative Fiction Database Picture Gallery...

Iceland

Tagged: International

Iceland's literary history is littered with the fantastical and weird; J R R Tolkien and C S Lewis were influenced in their writing by Icelandic sagas, which had been translated by William Morris. But ventures into the general field of sf were rather rare until recently. The short story "Jólaförin árið 2000" ["Christmas journey in the year 2000"] (Christmas 1900 Heimskringla), by western-Icelander Snær Snæland, pseudonym of Kristján Ásgeir Benediktsson (1861-1924), portrays Iceland and Canada in the year 2000, describing the status of Icelanders back home as well as in the West. International Transportation is achieved with air-locomotives and Canada is a democracy with an all-Icelandic pres...

Theater Five

Tagged: Radio

Radio series (1964-1965; vt Theatre-Five; vt Theater 5). ABC-Radio Network. Directors included Ted Bell, Harry Nelson and Warren Sommerville. Writers included Lillian Anderson, Sherman Dryer, Richard McCracken, Robert Newman, Saul Panitz, William N Robson and Lawrence Weinberg. Announcer and host: Fred Foy. 260 20-minute episodes, of which 256 episodes survive. A late effort by ABC to revive US radio drama, this was a general anthology drama series which although of good quality ran for less than a year, from 3 August 1964 to 28 July 1965. Almost all broadcasts were original radioplays rather than adaptations of published stories; eighteen are classifiable as sf, Fantasy, or Horror. Among t...

Pax Aeronautica

Tagged: Theme

The sense that air Transportation must dramatically change the tactics and strategy of Future War was articulated in the eighteenth century by Samuel Johnson in his Proto SF Rasselas (1759): Against an army sailing through the clouds neither walls, nor mountains, nor seas, could afford any security ... Even this valley, the retreat of princes, the abode of happiness, might be violated by the sudden descent of some of the naked nations that swarm on the coast of the southern sea. That, conversely, peace could be imposed or maintained through air power is also a old notion. The first notable Pax Aeronautica appears in Jean-Baptiste Cousin de Grainville's Le Dernier Homme, ouvrage posthu...

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