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de Roumier-Robert, Marie-Anne

(1705-1771) French author whose Proto SF novel, Voyage de Milord Séton dans les Sept Planètes, ou Le nouveau mentor (1765-1766 4vols; trans Brian Stableford as The Voyages of Lord Seaton to the Seven Planets 2015) as "translated" by Madame de R R, in a mode established by Cyrano de Bergerac's Selenarchia (1657) and Chevalier de Béthune's The World of Mercury (1750). The tale comprises a Fantastic Voyage through the solar system, stopping at the Moon, the Sun, Venus, Mars, ...

Kirst, Hans Hellmut

(1914-1989) German author best known for nonfantastic novels about World War Two. His Near-Future sf novel, Keiner Kommt Davon (1957; trans Richard Graves as No One Will Escape 1959; vt The Seventh Day 1959), deals with the period directly preceding World War Three and with the atomic Holocaust that then kills off the cast, leaving no hope for anyone else (see End of the World). [JC]

Clough, Fred M

(?   -?   ) US author of The Golden Age; or, The Depth of Time (1923), a Sleeper Awakes tale set mostly a millennium hence, when a communitarian Utopia has been established, and has spread to Mars and throughout the solar system. Vegetarianism is universal. Blasting the Rock of Ages (1925) puts similar arguments in nonfiction terms. [JC]

Capricorn One

Film (1977). Capricorn One Associates/Associated General/ITC. Directed by Peter Hyams. Written by Hyams. Cast includes James Brolin, Elliott Gould, Hal Holbrook, O J Simpson, Brenda Vaccaro and Sam Waterston. 124 minutes. Colour. / The premise of this Paranoia movie – made at a time, in the wake of Watergate, when secret-political-conspiracy films had become commonplace – is that a supposedly manned mission to Mars cannot carry a crew because of a malfunction in the life-support ...

Middleton, John B

Pseudonym of UK newspaper proprietor and author John Bagot (1844-1925), whose The God of This World: A Story for the Times (1905), a Utopia set in 2005, espouses a benign union of advanced Technology and Religion. [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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