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Noble, Vernon

(1908-1987) UK journalist, broadcaster and author whose Children's SF novel, Cloud Island: A Mystery of the Sky (1949), features a cloud so firm it can be walked upon. The eponymous Mad Scientist in The Case of the Missing Professor (1952) seems to have discovered the secret of Rejuvenation. [JC]


The restoration of youth or a plausible semblance thereof has always seemed both more practical and more comfortable than the troublingly open-ended perspectives of Immortality. This entry deals chiefly with stories of bodily rejuvenation through Medicine and allied procedures: for the wilder sf tropes of transferring one's mind or brain to a new, young body or of growing inexorably younger by living backwards, see Identity Exchange and Time in Reverse respectively. Some early sf examples are ...

Monkey Business

Film (1952). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Howard Hawks. Written by Ben Hecht, I A L Diamond, Charles Lederer. Cast includes Charles Coburn, Cary Grant, Hugh Marlowe, Marilyn Monroe and Ginger Rogers. 97 minutes. Black and white. / Made only a year after The Thing (though his direction of the latter was uncredited), Hawks's second sf film is one of the classic screwball comedies. Grant plays a staid Scientist working on slowing the ageing process. One of his laboratory apes ...

El-Mohtar, Amal

(1984-    ) Canadian author, poet and editor who first began to publish work of genre interest with "The Crow's Caw" in Shimmer magazine for Summer 2006. She co-edited the online genre Poetry magazine Goblin Fruit (eight issues, 2008-2016), initially with Jessica P Wick and latterly with Caitlin Paxson. The Honey Month (coll 2010 chap) assembles honey-themed tales and verse, including one of her three Rhysling Award-winning poems. / El-Mohtar's short fantasy fiction has ...

Saunders, George

(1958-    ) US engineer and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Offloading for Mrs Schwartz" in The New Yorker (see Slick) for 5 October 1992, the first of twenty stories he has published in that journal. No traces of his earlier interest in Objectivism (see Ayn Rand) are easily found in his fiction, whose Satirical take on late capitalist consumerism shows the influence of Kurt Vonnegut, particularly in the hilarities that, in both authors, make antic ...

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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