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Cyrano de Bergerac

The form of his name under which French soldier and author Hector Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655) is best known. He fought with the Gascon Guard but retired after sustaining bad wounds. He is famous as the hero of a play by Edmond Rostand (1868-1918), Cyrano de Bergerac (performed 1897; 1898; trans Gladys Thomas and Mary E Guillemard 1898), which made legends of his swordsmanship and the size of his nose. Parts only of his major work of Proto SF – the manuscript of which was ...

Hughes, Rian

(?   -    ) UK Comics and Graphic Novel illustrator, graphic designer, typographer and author, active from the early 1980s, his first graphic novel being The Science Service (graph 1987) with John Freeman; some of his early work was for sf comics like 2000 AD and Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future. / Hughes is perhaps of strongest sf interest for his much later novels. XX: A Novel, Graphic (2020) takes its inception from a possible First Contact ...

Flame Barrier, The

Film (1958; vt It Fell from the Flame Barrier). Gramercy Pictures/United Artists. Produced by Arthur Gardner and Jules V Levy. Directed by Paul Landres. Written by Pat Fielder and George Worthing Yates from a story by Yates. Cast includes Robert Brown, Kathleen Crowley and Arthur Franz. 70 minutes. Black and white. / Attractive Carol Dahlmann (Crowley) hires jungle guide Dave Hollister (Franz) to lead an expedition in search of her missing husband, a wealthy industrialist and amateur Space ...

Anderson, Bob

(?   -    ) US Air Force veteran (retired 2006 after long service) who joined Sharon Ahern to continue the Survivalist sequence of Post-Holocaust Survivalist Fiction initiated by Jerry Ahern (whom see for details), also still given collaborative credit. The first of these continuation novels is The Survivalist #30: The Inheritors of Earth (2013) with Jerry Ahern and Sharon Ahern. [DRL]

Emanuel, Walter

(1869-1915) UK solicitor and author mostly active around the turn of the century in the short-lived English humour magazine, The Butterfly, the first of whose dog books was A Dog Day or The Angel in the House (1902), a diary kept by a dog. Of some sf interest is One Hundred Years Hence: Being Some Extracts from the Hourly Mail of A.D. 2000 (1911 chap), which comprises a spoof newspaper by means of which mild aspersions are cast on contemporary life, a mode of Satire modestly popular in ...

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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