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Lewis, De Witt

(1864-1932) US handyman, farmer, postmaster and author of one sf novel, A Trip to the North Pole and Beyond to Civilization (1912), in which Arctic explorers discover a Lost World containing survivors of Atlantis, who have established a socialist Utopia which benignly controls property in order to enhance production. [JC]

Mist, The

Film (2007). Dimension Films, Darkwoods Productions, The Weinstein Company. Directed by Frank Darabont. Written by Darabont, from Stephen King's "The Mist" (in Dark Forces, anth 1980, edited by Kirby McCauley). Cast includes Andre Braugher, Jeffrey DeMunn, Nathan Gamble, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Thomas Janes, Toby Jones, Melissa Susan McBride and Frances Sternhagen. 126 minutes. Colour. / The setting is Bridgton, Maine, a version of Stephen King's Castle Rock, the imaginary small ...

McLaren, Jack

(1884-1954) Australian author, in UK in later life, prolific in various genres, specializing in adventure tales, some of them exotic. Of direct sf interest is The Devil of the Depths: A Strange Story of the South Seas (1935), whose protagonist encounters a number of challenges Under the Sea and on a mysterious South Pacific Island, including Monsters, sentient flora, and the ruins of a Lost Race village. [JC]

James, Brett

(?   -    ) US author of Space Operas, often with Military SF elements, featuring inimical Alien civilizations which threaten to dominate reachable space. They include The Deadfall Project (2012) and the Outer Rim Chronicles beginning with Tangent (2017). [JC]

Bradshaw, William R

(1851-1927) Irish-born editor and author, in the US from 1883, whose The Goddess of Atvatabar: Being the History of the Discovery of the Interior World and Conquest of Atvatabar (1892) is set in a Symmesian Hollow Earth with an interior sun shining vertically overhead: "See how the shadow of every man surrounds his boots!". In his introduction, Julian Hawthorne asserts that romances like Bradshaw's will rightly soon supplant novels in the realistic tradition represented by Émile Zola. ...

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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