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Poland

Most Western sf readers associate Poland principally with the work of Stanisław Lem, whose books, widely published, much appreciated, and thoroughly scrutinized in the West, had a profound impact on the field. Lem still remains an iconic figure both in and out of Poland, while his enormous worldwide popularity more or less directly inspired the interest in the earlier Fantastika (John Clute's umbrella term seems particularly useful in this context, in part because of its Central- and ...

Mister E from Tau Ceti

Animated tv series (1963). A Cayton Inc and Radio and Television Packagers production. Produced by William D Cayton. Written and directed by Fred Ladd. Cast includes Peter Lazer, Ray Owens, and Sam Raskin. 20 five-minute episodes. Black and white, colour. / "2010 AD": an American newsman detects signals from a Spaceship approaching Earth at twice the speed of light from Tau Ceti; its pilot "Mr E" is portrayed as a small boy in a tiny space capsule. The newsman explains to him the history of ...

Salonen, Esa-Pekka

(1958-    ) Finnish classical musician and composer. Though better known as an orchestral conductor, Salonen has composed a number of sf-influenced works, amongst them ... auf den ersten blick und ohne zu wissen ... ["... at first sight and without knowing ..."] (1980) based on the work of Franz Kafka (from whose Der Prozess [1925; trans as The Trial 1937 UK] its title is quoted), and most notably Floof, Songs of a Homeostatic Homer (1982), a set of slightly frenetic leider ...

MacGregor, Rob

(1948-    ) US author, married to horror author T J MacGregor (1947-    ); he has concentrated on Ties, most of them for the Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones universe, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), a novelization of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989); and the Indiana Jones sequence set mostly in the 1920s, beginning with Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi (1989). Two of these – Indiana Jones and the Dance of the ...

Kensch, Otto

An Australian pseudonym, or more likely House Name, used on several unremarkable Scientific Thrillers titles. Of most sf interest are Time Has a Door (1949 chap), in which a twentieth-century scientist Time-Travels to a Ruined Earth where Devolution has created Monsters, and Sleep Is Death (coll 1950 chap), the title story involving a crime writer and his Doppelganger, a figure who literally takes over its sibling's body. The Kensch byline was also used for four stories in the Australian ...

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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