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Rock, James

Almost certainly the pseudonym of US inventor and author Clinton A Patten (?   -?   ), who patented his design for a monorail in 1893, and in whose name Thro' Space (1909) is copyrighted. "James Rock" tells his own story: a neighbour's Invention of an Antigravity substance allows the two to undertake a Fantastic Voyage, first to Paris, then to the Moon, whose crocodile-like inhabitants survive by eating rock. After a sojourn back on Earth, the two travel in their ...

Stoneham, C T

(1895-1965) Indian-born author, educated in the UK and in active service during World War One, living much of his adult life in Kenya and South Africa; he wrote some mysteries and westerns as by Norgrove Thurley. Of his fiction, much of which was set in Africa and featured animals both native and imported; his extremely numerous stories for the London Evening News between 1933 and 1964 usually focused on animals in the wild. The young protagonist of the Kaspa sequence – comprising The ...


Film (1982). Ashley Productions/Amalgamated Film Enterprises. Directed by Harry Bromley Davenport. Written by Iain Cassie, Robert Smith, based on a screenplay by Michel Parry, Davenport. Cast includes Danny Brainin, Maryam d'Abo, Simon Nash, Philip Sayer and Bernice Stegers. 86 minutes. Colour. / UK sf/Horror exploitation movie in which a man, Sam Phillips (Sayer), is kidnapped by a UFO. Three years later the UFO returns to plant a seed from which a semi-human Alien develops, commits a ...

Hoyne, Thomas Temple

(1875-1946) US author, a popularizer of Economics topics, and author of Intrigue on the Upper Level: A Story of Crime, Love, Adventure and Revolt in 2050 A.D. (1934), in which a primitive, hierarchical, gangster-run capitalist society is riven by discontent among the lower orders, and is eventually overthrown. [JC]

Means, Howard

(?   -    ) US author of an Alternate History tale, C.S.A.: Confederate States of America (1998), set in the Near Future of a world in which the Confederacy (most implausibly) won the American Civil War. The premise of this alternate timeline is a surprisingly literal application of apartheid between entirely separate but equal Black and white sectors of society, with CSA government fraught with tension between an all-black House and an all-white Senate (see ...

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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