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Bernau, George

(1945-2005) US lawyer and author of three Alternate-History thrillers: in Promises to Keep (1988) a figure based on John F Kennedy recovers from the attempt to assassinate him; in Candle in the Wind (1990) Marilyn Monroe survives her semi-accidental overdose; and in Black Phoenix (1994), Germany acquires, at the end of World War Two, a super weapon that threatens to create a modification of the Hitler Wins scenario, though in this case it is Joseph Goebbels who, having faked his death, ...

Armstrong, Michael

(1956-    ) US newspaperman and author who began publishing sf with "Absolutely the Last, This Is It, No More, the Final Pact With the Devil Story" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in February 1981; his second, "Going after Arviq" (in Afterwar, anth 1985, ed Janet E Morris), was expanded (with the name respelled) into his second novel, AGVIQ: The Whale (1990), a Post-Holocaust tale set in Alaska featuring a woman anthropologist whose book-knowledge of the ...

Speller, Maureen Kincaid

Working name of UK editor and critic Maureen Speller (1959-    ) who has also written as Speller, and as Maureen Porter and Maureen Speller Kincaid; partner of Paul Kincaid since 1986 (married 1993). Initially as Maureen Porter, she has been active since about 1980 in UK Fandom and as a reviewer and essayist, her work appearing widely in various journals including Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction, Interzone, Strange Horizons and the British Science Fiction ...

2001: A Space Odyssey [comics]

1. US oversized tabloid-format perfect-bound Comics publication. Publisher: Marvel Comics. Editor: Jack Kirby. One issue dated 1976. / This "treasury edition" comics adaptation of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) was part of the deal which led to Jack Kirby's brief return to Marvel Comics in the mid-1970s. Though generally faithful to the film, Kirby made some alterations, for example giving the Computer Hal 9000 lines of dialogue from an earlier version of the script; some additional dialogue ...

Quatermass Xperiment, The

Film (1955; vt The Creeping Unknown US). Hammer. Directed by Val Guest. Written by Richard Landau, Val Guest, based on the BBC TV serial by Nigel Kneale. Cast includes Brian Donlevy (Quatermass), Jack Warner and Richard Wordsworth. 82 minutes, cut to 78 minutes. Black and white. / It was this film version of the BBC's television serial The Quatermass Experiment that convinced the Hammer company there was money in horror. (The spelling "Xperiment" referred jokingly to the X certificate ...

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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