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Eyraud, Achille

(1821-1882) French playwright and author whose sole novel, Voyage à Vénus (1865; trans Brian Stableford as Voyage to Venus 2011), may be the first sf tale to feature a plausibly described Rocket-powered Spaceship. An earlier effort like Elbert Perce's Gulliver Joi: His Three Voyages (1851), also couched as a Fantastic Voyage, does not present its version of a rocket-powered spaceship with anything like Eyraud's detail and strength of argument, during the presentation of which he ...

Walton, Jo

(1964-    ) Welsh author, mostly of fantasy, in Canada from 2002, now a Canadian citizen, who began to publish work of genre interest with "At the Bottom of the Garden" in Odyssey for November/December 1998, though a novel, The Rebirth of Pan (written 1990s; 2015), preceded this. Some of her short fiction, like Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction (6 February 2009; 2010 ebook), is sf. She won the John W Campbell Award for best new writer in 2002. The Tir ...

Meredith, Edgar

(?   -?   ) UK author of a Scientific Romance, Our Stranger: A Kinemato-Romance (1936), in which the Time theories of J W Dunne are used to shape the relationship between the evolving human race, as depicted in the London of 1971, and their mentors, who inhabit a Utopia in the Far Future (see also Evolution). [JC]. /

Malerman, Josh

(1975-    ) US rock musician and author, co-founder in 2000 and lead singer and guitarist of the band The High Strung. His Malorie sequence, beginning with Bird Box (2014), is set in a Near Future world devastated by an Alien Invasion: anyone who catches sight of an invader goes murderously and/or suicidally insane (see Disaster; Horror in SF). The protagonist Malorie Walsh blindfolds herself and her children, and they escape to a school for the blind. In the sequel Malorie ...

Dr. M

Film (1989). NEF Filmproduktion/Ellepi Film/Cléa Productions. Directed by Claude Chabrol. Written by Sollace Mitchell from a story by Thomas Bauermeister, inspired by Doktor Mabuse, der Spieler (1920; trans Lilian A Clare as Dr. Mabuse, Master of Mystery 1923) by Norbert Jacques (1880-1954). Cast includes Alan Bates, Jennifer Beals, Jan Niklas and Hanns Zischler. 116 minutes. Colour. / Although in clear homage to Fritz Lang's three Dr Mabuse films (see Dr Mabuse, der Spieler), this ...

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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