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Gould, F J

(1855-1938) UK author of numerous works in which he espoused an agnostic philosophy. His sf novel, The Agnostic Island (1891), a very lightly fictionalized satire on Utopia, exposes some Christian missionaries to a society which threatens their beliefs. [JC]


US made-for-tv film (1977). Douglas S Cramer Productions/NBC. Produced by Wilfred Lloyd Baumes. Directed by Herb Wallerstein. Written by Joseph Stefano. Cast includes Robert Logan, Yvette Mimieux, Sylvia Sidney, Bo Svenson and Clint Walker. 86 minutes. Colour. / A pair of young women at a Colorado ski resort are attacked and killed by something not clearly seen, an incident which is at first blamed upon a rogue bear. Head ski-patrol director Tony Rill (Logan) realizes at once that something ...


In discussing the scientific content of sf it is customary to regard the sciences as ranging from "hard" to "soft", with physics lying at the hard end of the spectrum (see Hard SF). A concern with the hard sciences is generally held to have characterized sf of the period 1940-1960, or a type of sf whose locus classicus is to be found in that period, and so we may expect this type of sf, in its scientific aspect, to be dominated by physics. In fact a large part of the importance in sf of physics ...

Marvel Science Stories

US Pulp magazine, nine issues August 1938 to April 1941, revived for a further six issues November 1950 to May 1952; published by Postal Publications (first two issues), then by Western Fiction Publishing for the remainder of the first series, and finally by Stadium Publishing, all in New York, and all imprints of the publishers Martin and Abraham Goodman who would launch Marvel Comics in 1939. The first series was edited, uncredited, by Robert O Erisman (1908-1995), and though he was overall ...

Wold Newton Family

A literary conceit or retrospective Shared World devised by Philip José Farmer as what might be called a Grand Unified Theory of numerous fictional characters, several of them Icons and/or Superheroes. The premise is that the real-world meteorite that fell near Wold Newton, Yorkshire, in December 1795 was a source of Mutant-engendering radiation. Affected women's descendants, gifted with unusual strength and Intelligence, supposedly include Doc Savage, Sherlock Holmes and Tarzan (who ...

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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