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(? -? ) US teacher and author, a founder of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in 1913, who used her experience as an African American to focus the intensity of her Utopia, The Valley of the Poor (1945), in which racial prejudice (see Race in SF) has been cured medically. [JC]
Film (1964; vt Santa Claus Defeats the Aliens). Jalor Productions. Directed by Nicholas Webster. Written by Glenville Mareth, based on a story by Paul L Jacobson. Cast includes Vincent Beck, John Call, Donna Conforti, Leonard Hicks, Bill McCutcheon and Victor Stiles. 81 minutes. Colour. / In an effort to cheer up the children of Mars, who have learned about Santa Claus by watching television programmes from Earth, the Martian Kimar (Hicks) resolves to bring Santa Claus to Mars. The Martians ...
(? - ) UK author of Centrifuge (1978), a routine sf adventure for Robert Hale Limited. [JC]
(1946- ) US author of Orbit (2006), a near-space adventure set in the very Near Future, in which a passenger on an "adventure" Spaceship is left alone after a micrometeorite kills the pilot; his rescue is co-ordinated through an ironized drama of Communications, as the laptop Computer upon which he writes his seemingly dying thoughts is transmitting these thoughts online to millions back on Earth, where he becomes a celebrity. [JC]
Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (? -? ) of Nutopia (Or Nineteen-Twenty-One) (1908), a Near Future Island Utopia, a land that flourishes under women's rule (see Feminism), with implications for the future of Britain. [JC]
(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 ...