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Oram, Neil

(1938-    ) UK author whose involvement in sf was restricted to the three volumes of his The Warp sequence of metaphysical adventures – The Storm's Howling Through Tiflis (1980), Lemmings on the Edge (1981) and The Balustrade Paradox (1982) – which novelize his 22-hour, ten-play cycle, The Warp, performed in London in 1979, directed by Ken Campbell (1941-2008). The sequence, after the manner of the Illuminatus! books by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, ...

Fretland, Don J

(?   -    ) US author of the Oleandre Trilogy series beginning with The Persimmion Sequence (1970), set in a Near Future Dystopian world where scientists have been driven Underground though – it may be – there is some hope that Mars clings to independence. [JC]

Jack the Ripper

This notorious nineteenth-century UK serial killer and mutilator – usually of female prostitutes – operated in the Whitechapel region of London, committing five murders in 1888 and perhaps others before and after, to a possible total of eleven. Never identified, the Ripper became and still remains gaslight-era London's major Icon of fear. The related literature of analysis and speculation ("Ripperology") is immense; we record only selected appearances of Jack the Ripper in works by ...

Out of This World [magazine]

UK Digest-format magazine published by John Spencer and Co; edited by Samuel Assael and Maurice Nahum. Billed as "bi-monthly" but two issues only, October 1954 and January 1955. / This short-lived weird-fiction venture from the Badger Books stable is principally notable for the fact that the entire contents of both issues – each comprising five novelettes – were written by John S Glasby under his pseudonyms Max Chartair, Randall Conway, Ray Cosmic, Michael Hamilton and A J Merak ...

Dune [series]

The best-known sf sequence by Frank Herbert, whose opening novel Dune (December 1963-February 1964 Analog as "Dune World"; January-May 1965 Analog as "The Prophet of Dune"; fixup 1965) offers a heady mixture of desert Ecology – in particular the complex life cycle of the titular world's immense, devouring sandworms – galactic Politics and the making of a Messiah. This was filmed as Dune (1984) directed by David Lynch; the first half of the novel was later filmed as Dune: Part One ...

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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