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Kellogg, Marjorie Bradley

(1946-    ) US designer of theatre scenery and author who published her first three novels as by M Bradley Kellogg to avoid confusion with another Marjorie Kellogg, but from 1991 has used her full name. Her first novel, A Rumor of Angels (1983), is unexceptional, but the Lear's Daughters sequence – The Wave and the Flame (1986) and Reign of Fire (1986), both written with NASA climatologist William B Rossow and assembled as Lear's Daughters (omni 1987) – somewhat ...

Hogan, James P

(1941-2010) UK-born systems-design engineer and author, in the USA from 1977 and latterly in Ireland; he was a full-time author from 1979. His first novel (and first publication), Inherit the Stars (1977), aroused interest for the exhilarating sense it conveys of scientific minds at work on real problems and for the genuinely exciting scope of the sf imagination it deploys. The book turned out to be the first volume in the Minervan Experiment/Giants sequence, being followed by The Gentle Giants ...

Skobelev, Eduard

(1927-    ) Byelorussian politician, poet and author whose Katastrofa (1984; trans Sergei Sossinsky as Catastrophe 1989) sets a Dystopia dominated by Jews – Skobelev is known for anti-semitic articles and books – in an imaginary country. [JC]

Finney, Jack

Working name of US author Walter Braden Finney (1911-1995), whose career began when he was 35; he published his first work in the genre, "Such Interesting Neighbors" for Collier's Weekly, 6 January 1951. Although he is as well known for sf as for anything else, he did not specialize in the field, adapting his highly professional skills to mysteries and general fiction as well. Stories from his first years as a writer of sf can be found in The Third Level (coll 1957; vt The Clock of Time 1958) ...

Flesh Gordon

Film (1974). Mammoth/Graffiti. Directed by Michael Benveniste, Howard Ziehm. Written by Benveniste, William Hunt. Cast includes Suzanne Fields, John Hoyt and Jason Williams. 90 minutes, cut to 84 minutes, cut to 78 minutes. Colour. / This burlesque of Flash Gordon began as a cheap soft-porn film, but became relatively expensive as the special effects became more elaborate. Work on it continued for nearly two years and many special-effects technicians were involved, some uncredited; they ...

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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