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Sykes, W Stanley

(1894-1961) UK anaesthesiologist and author, most of his fiction being detective thrillers with no fantastic content; of sf interest is The Ray of Doom: A Detective Novel (1935), in which the eponymous Ray is presented with some scientific rigour. [JC]

4D Man

Film (1959; vt The Evil Force UK; vt Master of Terror US). Fairview/Universal. Coproduced and directed by Irwin Shortess Yeaworth Jr. Written by Theodore Simonson, Cy Chermak, from an idea by Jack H Harris. Cast includes James Congdon, Robert Lansing and Lee Meriwether. 85 minutes. Colour. / A small, interesting film made by the same producer/director team, Jack H Harris and Yeaworth, that had already made The Blob (1958). Lansing plays a scientist who uses his brother's research on the ...

Lix, Caryn

Pseudonym of Canadian teacher and author Caryn Swark (1979-    ), whose Young Adult series, the Sanctuary sequence beginning with Sanctuary (2018), is set at first in a Space Habitat operated by the vast Omnistellar Concepts as a Prison, where, unusually, the young protagonist aspires to rise in the ranks of the elite who serve as guards. Expectedly, a menace – perhaps of ancient Alien origin – exposes the true intramural power of the vast corrupt corporation. ...

Pellerin, Georges

Pseudonym of unidentified French author (?   -?   ); in his introduction to that author's only known work of sf interest – Le Monde dans 2000 Ans (1878; trans Brian Stableford as The World in 2000 Years 2011) – Stableford plausibly argues that he may have been a political economist named Gustave Dupuynode (1817-1898), who held similar opinions to those expressed in "Pellerin"'s Utopia. But Stableford does not claim to have found hard evidence of this ...

Sadoul, Jacques

(1934-2013) French editor and author, one of the first editors to launch sf successfully in paperback form in France; he worked first with Éditions Opta and then with J'ai lu, where he founded the Science-fiction imprint and edited the Les Meilleurs Récits series of anthologies of stories translated from the US Pulp magazines. He was also a founder of the Prix Apollo (see Awards). Hier, l'an 2000: L'illustration de science fiction des années 30 (1973; trans as 2000 A.D.: ...

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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