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Otis, James

Working name of US journalist, editor and author James Otis Kaler (1848-1912), who published at least 175 novels, apparently most or all of them for boys. Titles of sf interest include – but may not be restricted to – three Lost Race tales: The Treasure Finders: A Boy's Adventure in Nicaragua (1889); The Search for the Silver City: A Tale of Adventure in Yucatan (1893), in which a Mayan survival is discovered in the remote mountains; and The Treasure of Cocos Island: A Story of the ...

"X" [2]

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of The Setting Sun: An Ante-Dated Picture for a People (1904), a spoof Future War tale in which Britain defeats East Midasland; the Satire is no more taxing than that found in P G Wodehouse's better-known The Swoop (1909). [JC]

Hurley, Richard J

(?   -    ) US editor of works mainly aimed at the Young Adult markets. His reprint Anthology Beyond Belief (anth 1966) capably assembles mostly familiar stories by such well-known authors as Isaac Asimov, Clark Ashton Smith and Theodore Sturgeon. [GSt]

Shelley, Percy Bysshe

(1792-1822) UK playwright, poet and author whose importance to the development of science fiction (see Proto SF) in the early nineteenth century is tangential to the main drift of his work as a poet; he was, along with Lord Byron and John Keats (1795-1821), one of the central figures of the second wave of British Romantic poetry. Some of his fiction is of interest in the ideational and literary tumult of the era: Zastrozzi: A Romance (1810), which features a giant proto-Promethean rebel, and St ...

Iron Man 3

Film (2013). Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment present a Marvel Studios production. Directed by Shane Black. Written by Black & Drew Pearce, based on the Lee/Kirby/Lieber/Heck comic. Cast includes Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow and Guy Pearce. 130 minutes. Colour, 3D (converted). / While suffering post-traumatic stress following the events of The Avengers (2012), Tony Stark is drawn into a ...

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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