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Grautoff, Ferdinand Heinrich

(1871-1935) German historian, newspaper editor and author, known in English for two pseudonymous works of fiction. In "1906" – Der Zusammenbruch der alten Welt (1905; trans G Herring as Armageddon 190- 1907) as by Seestern, the USA instigates a Future War with Germany which is catastrophic for Europe but beneficial for Russia and the USA. Bansai! (1908; trans anon as Banzai! 1908) as by Parabellum pits the USA against the Japanese, with results initially disastrous for the USA, though the ...

MacIntyre, F Gwynplaine

(?1948/1949-2010) Allegedly Scots-born author, who took his name by deed poll in the 1970s. He said that he had written under other pseudonyms before becoming MacIntyre, but they have not been revealed; nor has his birth name. According to his own repeated account, he was sent to Australia as a boy under the infamous UK child-migrant programme; but a brother who was traced or came forward after his death has stated that MacIntyre was not Scots-born (though he had Scots ancestry) and that the ...

Rohmer, Richard H

(1924-    ) Canadian soldier (retired with the rank of Major-General), lawyer and author whose novels almost invariably express a sense of fragile Paranoia about the political and economic prospects for his native land, thinly stretched as it is along the American border. The Robert Porter sequence comprising Ultimatum (1973) and Exxoneration (1974) deals directly with Canadian-US conflicts in a Near-Future frame, as America attempts to force Canada to provide it with the ...

Well-Known Member of Parliament, A

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of When Women Rules: A Tale of the First Women's Government (1923), an anti-feminist Near Future Satire in which, after coming to power (see Politics), women cannot get their minds off gossip and prove themselves incapable of governing the country (see Feminism; Women in SF). [JC]

Dopey Dicks

Short US film (1950). Columbia Pictures. Directed by Edward Bernds. Written by Elwood Ullman. Cast includes Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Shemp Howard, Christine McGuire, Stanley Price, and Philip Van Zandt. Sixteen minutes. Black and white. / Working as private detectives (see Crime and Punishment), the Three Stooges – at the time, Fine, Moe Howard, and Shemp Howard – travel to a large house to rescue a beautiful woman (McGuire) who sought their assistance. Its occupants are a Mad ...

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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