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Nicolson, Marjorie Hope

(1894-1981) US scholar and academic, in the latter role at Smith College from 1929 to 1941, and at Columbia University from 1941 until 1962. Some of her work – like Newton Demands the Muse: Newton's Opticks and the Eighteenth Century Poets (1946) – is indirectly useful to students of Proto SF. Of direct interest in the study of early works in the field are two books focusing on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: ...


US tv series (2007-current). College Hill Pictures and Warner Bros. Television for NBC. Created by Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz. Producers include Fedak, Schwartz, Ben Kunde, McG, and Matthew Miller. Writers include Fedak, Schwartz, Miller, Alison Adler, and Phil Klemmer. Directors include Robert Duncan McNeill, Alan Kroeker, Patrick R Norris, Jeremiah S Chechik, and Peter Lauer. Cast includes Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski, Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker, Adam Baldwin as John ...

Jordan, Zack

(?   -    ) US Videogame creator, singer/songwriter and author who has released games and music as U S Killbotics. In his first novel, The Last Human (2020), which is set seemingly millennia hence, a young human is raised by a spiderlike being on a Space Habitat in orbit around a gas planet very far from Earth; young Sarya the Daughter is in fact the last human (see ...

Gloag, John

(1896-1981) UK author, whose World War One experiences in the trenches – he was gassed by his own side – deeply affected his work. Though he wrote several novels, he was primarily active, from 1921, in the fields of social history, architecture and design, and his first work of sf interest was the nonfiction Artifex; Or, the Future of Craftsmanship (1926 chap), an early contribution to its publisher's To-day and To-morrow ...

Scrymsour, Ella M

Working name of Ella Mary Scrymsour-Nichol (1888-1962), UK actress and author, daughter-in-law of C A Scrymsour Nichol; her sf novel, The Perfect World: A Romance of Strange People and Strange Places (fixup 1922), is thought by E F Bleiler almost certainly to consist of two separate magazine novels here published sequentially; however, as Scrymsour clearly attempted to weave their plots together, we ...

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. ...

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