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Ashton, Francis Leslie

(1904-1994) UK analytical chemist, painter and author whose first sf novel, The Breaking of the Seals (1946), sets a psychic time-traveller into a prehistoric world (see Prehistoric SF) where primitive society ends in chaos with the breaking up of Bahste, Earth's then Moon; a deluge follows. Its thematic sequel, Alas, That Great City (1948), set in Atlantis, propounds a similar Disaster, with a new planet arriving to become the Earth's moon and sinking the continent. Wrong Side of the Moon ...

Bride of Frankenstein, The

1. Film (1935). Universal. Directed by James Whale. Written by John Balderston, William Hurlbut and R C Sherriff uncredited. Cast includes Colin Clive, E E Clive, Gavin Gordon, O P Heggie, Valerie Hobson, Boris Karloff (credited by surname only), Elsa Lanchester, Una O'Connor, Ernest Thesiger and Douglas Walton. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Some contemporary viewers felt that the horror and pathos of this sequel to Whale's 1931 Frankenstein were vitiated by the director's morbid sense of ...

Walker, Rysa

Pseudonym of US author (1961-    ) of the Young Adult Chronos Files beginning with Time's Twisted Arrow (2012 ebook; vt Timebound 2014), in which Time Travel and romance are intertwined through the machinations of a religious fanatic. [JC]

Wilson, Robin Scott

(1928-2013) US editor, academic and author, President of California State University, Chico, California, until his retirement in 1993, and thereafter a trustee professor at California State University, Monterey Bay, California. He began publishing sf with "The State of the Art" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in July 1970; his best story is probably "For a While There, Herbert Marcuse, I Thought You Were Maybe Right About Alienation and Eros" (July 1972 F&SF). Early short ...

M'Guire, Sean

(?   -?   ) UK author of two Lost Race novels of interest. Spider Island (1929), set on an Island in the South Pacific, features the discovery of a range of Monsters under the sway of a race of web-footed amphibians. Beast or Man? (1930) combines Lost Race and feral child modes (remotely evoking Tarzan in its beginning chapters), but then shifts into an Apes as Human tale of some significance. Having reached manhood, the "Tarzan" figure trains his half-human son to ...

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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