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Future Orbits

US professional E-Zine, an Online Magazine only available by subscription and emailed to the subscriber. It was produced by Tom Vander Neut of Hatboro Pennsylvania. It ran for five bimonthly issues from October/November 2001 to June/July 2002. A valiant attempt to produce an online magazine that paid full professional rates and tried to charge subscribers for issues. It did not succeed, but the five issues were still of acceptable quality containing material primarily by the new generation of ...

Brosnan, John

(1947-2005) Australian author and journalist, resident for many years in the UK, a one-time prominent member of Ratfandom. He was known for his writing on genre films some time before he began publishing sf in any quantity. His books on Cinema include James Bond in the Cinema (1972), Movie Magic: The Story of Special Effects in the Cinema (1974), The Horror People (1976), Future Tense: The Cinema of Science Fiction (1978), The Primal Screen: A History of Science Fiction Film (1991) and Scream: ...

Caine, Peter

Pseudonym of US author Doug Hornig (1943-    ), author of several crime thrillers under that name, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Game of Magical Death" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for March 1987. His one title as by Caine, Virus (1989), is a Near Future medical sf (see Medicine) thriller about a radical plot to infect the world with a mutated AIDS virus, a Pandemic that may kill us all, or cure us. [JC]

It Happened Here

Film (1966). Rath/Lopert. Directed by Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mollo. Written by Brownlow, Mollo. Cast includes Honor Fehrson, Fiona Leland, Pauline Murray and Sebastian Shaw. 99 minutes, cut to 93 minutes. Black and white. / Alternate-History stories are rare in sf cinema. This UK film is an exception; it shows what might have happened had Nazi Germany successfully invaded the UK (see Hitler Wins). Shot in a realistic, documentary-like style, it is a remarkable achievement when one takes ...

Chrostowska, S D

(?   -    ) US-born teacher, journalist and author, in Canada from around 1995; her first novel, Permissions (2013), is nonfantastic. A critical anthology, The Uses of Utopia: New Marxist, Anarchist, and Radical Democratic Perspectives (anth 2017) with James D Ingram, reflects her central preoccupation as an academic with twentieth-century European Utopian thought. She is of sf interest for her second novel, The Eyelid (2020), set in a surreal Near Future ...

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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