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Alexander, Robert

(?   -    ) UK author of The Pendulum of Fate: Cosmic Glimpses of Past & Future (coll 1933), a collection of short stories which examine various aspects of Time. [JE]

Platonov, Andrey

Working name of Russian author Andrew Platonovich Klimentov (1899-1951), best known for his mainstream fiction, in particular his portrayals of ordinary humans caught in the gears of totalizing (but savagely ineffective) Technology. One of the most talented figures active in the first decades after the 1917 Revolution, he was regarded with suspicion by "official" literary critics and much of his work did not appear in Russia for many years, including his two powerful fictional analyses of ...

Cohen, Bernard

(1963-    ) US-born author, in Australia since his family moved there while he was an infant. Besides some mainstream work he wrote Snowdome (1998), a complex tale comparing, through parallel storylines, the congested noise-contaminated Sydney of 1998, and a Dystopian future in which Sydney has been depopulated, except for the sound of reproduced voices in museums, giving tourists a viewpoint on the dead past. The title refers to the underlying fakeness of all that is said, ...

Barrett, David V

(1952-    ) UK author of some short fiction of genre interest, beginning with "Les Temps étrange sur L'île Fisseau" for The Gate in 1990. He is editor of Digital Dreams (anth 1990), which contains original British stories about AI, Computers and Virtual Reality; and of Tales from the Vatican Vaults (anth 2015), whose contributions have a common Alternate History theme. Of his nonfiction books, The Encyclopedia of Prediction: Fate, Fortune & Foretelling the ...

It Came from Beneath the Sea

Film (1955). Clover/Columbia. Produced by Charles H Schneer. Directed by Robert Gordon. Written by George Worthing Yates, Hal Smith, based on a story by Yates. Cast includes Donald Curtis, Faith Domergue and Kenneth Tobey. 77 minutes. Black and white. / In this Monster Movie a giant octopus is affected by atomic radiation – as so often in the genre – and goes on a destructive rampage, attacking San Francisco and demolishing various landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, ...

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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