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Wood, George

(1799-1870) US government official in the Treasury Department and author; his Peter Schlemihl in America (1848) anonymous is derived from Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte ["Peter Schlemihl's Miraculous Story"] (1814; trans J Bowring as Peter Schlemihl 1824) by Adalbert Von Chamisso (1781-1838), a supernatural fantasy whose protagonist, having sold his shadow to the Devil, wanders the world in search of wisdom and knowledge, aided in his travels by seven-league boots. Wood's continuation ...

Spotswood, Claire Myers

(1896-1983) Working name of US author Clairene Lenora Allen Myers Owens for her first novel, and only work of sf interest, The Unpredictable Adventure: A Comedy of Woman's Independence (1935), a Utopia told in allegorical language. The protagonist, Tellectina Femina Christian, abandons Smug Harbor in the Land of Err for the Forbidden Kingdom of Nithking, where the two personae signalled by her given names become separate but incomplete individuals. Only in an ideal society, where women are ...

Strikeshoulder, Viter

Pseudonym of US author Wayland Spaulding (1850-1918), apparently most active in Poughkeepsie, New York; his Near Future Satire, When Theodore Is King [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1907 chap), lampoons the political ascendancy of President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) after working-class unrest beginning in 1907 and climaxing two years later with his ascension to the newly-created throne, with Canada begging to unite with the new monarchy. The book, which is dated 1909, is told in ...

DeMille, Nelson

(1943-    ) US author of several Technothrillers in collaboration – originally anonymously – with Thomas H Block. The collaboration is made explicit only in the revised version of Block's first book, Mayday (1979; rev 1997 as by Thomas Block and Nelson DeMille). These tales all hover at the edge of genuine sf; of these, two are of particular interest: the Near-Future Orbit (1982), in which a 3900mph (6275kph) airliner is gimmicked by saboteurs into flying into ...

Fire in the Sky, A

Made-for-tv film (1978). Columbia Pictures Television/NBC Television network. Directed by Jerry Jamerson. Written by Michael Blankfort from a story by Paul Gallico and Dennis Nemec. Cast includes Elizabeth Ashley, Richard Crenna, Andrew Duggan, David Dukes and Joanna Miles. 150 minutes. Colour. / Astronomer Jennifer Dreiser (Miles) discovers a bright, new Comet which initially pleases her greatly, until she realizes it is on a collision course with the earth. Near-earth object specialist ...

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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