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Williams, Francis

Working name of UK journalist and author Edward Francis Williams, Baron Francis-Williams (1903-1970); a working newspaperman from 1920; he was dismissed from his editorship of the London Daily Herald in 1940 for refusing to abate his long-held anti-Nazi fervour; from 1941 he served as controller of press and censorship. His sf novel, The Richardson Story (1951; vt It Happened Tomorrow 1952), deals with an ominous Near Future advance in Communications, allowing Subliminal messages to control ...

Sidney, A

(?   -?   ) UK author of Destination Unknown (1928), a Lost Race tale set in Africa. [JC]


UK publishing house, for many years properly styled Victor Gollancz Ltd, famous (until its sale to the US company Houghton Mifflin in 1990) as one of the last family companies in UK publishing; in 1992 Houghton Mifflin sold the firm to the Cassell group of companies, where it became an imprint; in December 1998 it was acquired by Orion, itself newly purchased by Hachette, and Victor Gollancz soon became Orion's imprint for all sf, fantasy and horror, excepting only some children's genre titles ...

DC Extended Universe

Initially known by viewers and critics as the DC Cinematic Universe, in order to point out obvious similarities between the competing DC and Marvel Shared World imperiums, the DC Extended Universe provides a simpler narrative of origins and story-bibles than does the much larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was first promulgated in 2008. But Marvel Comics and its various owners/franchises had been quarrelling conspicuously for some time, and Marvel as an über-brand had come close to ...

Edwards, Peter

(1946-    ) UK author and civil servant whose sf novel, Terminus (1976), rather ponderously sets in motion a political conflict in a twenty-second-century, Post-Holocaust Eurafrica which a sado-masochist secret society is attempting to dominate. The hero's discovery of an ancient city on Mars confuses the issue. / This author should not by confused with the Peter Edwards who illustrates children's books. [JC]

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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