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Golding, William

(1911-1993) UK teacher and author, who published a pre-World War Two book of Poems (coll 1934), but remained a provincial schoolmaster until the publication of his first and best-known novel, Lord of the Flies (1954), later filmed twice as Lord of the Flies (1963, 1990). It is the superficially simple story of a group of schoolchildren trapped on an Island when their plane is shot down while evacuating them from what in the published version may be a nuclear Holocaust, but which – in the ...

Sundog: Frozen Legacy

Videogame (1984). FTL Games. Designed by Bruce Webster. Platforms: AppleII (1984); rev AtariST (1985). / Sundog: Frozen Legacy was one of the earliest Computer Role Playing Games with a science fiction theme. The premise is classic Space Opera; the player begins the game as the owner of the eponymous newly inherited spacecraft, contractually obliged to assist a religious group in establishing a colony by obtaining supplies and delivering colonists in Suspended Animation. What follows is a ...

Brooks, Mel

Working name of US film-maker, writer (initially for Television) and actor Melvin James Kaminsky (1926-    ), who as an improvisational stand-up comedian in 1953 created the ongoing character of the 2000 Year Old Man, an Immortal who attended Christ's crucifixion and offers a skewed perspective on the modern world ("I have over forty-two thousand children, and not one comes to visit me."). A 1961 LP of these routines sold over a million copies; Brooks voiced the title role ...

Horler, Sydney

(1888-1954) UK journalist – active from about 1905 – and author, most of whose 150 novels are thrillers, all of them published between 1916 and 1955. Some of these tales incorporate sf elements in the form of fantastic Inventions and/or McGuffins, as for instance in the early Curse of Doone (1928), in which a German spy impersonates a vampire who might in fact exist, while simultaneously an sf Invention – a Ray which causes planes to crash-land by stopping their engines by ...

Kyne, Peter B

(1880-1957) US author, many of whose stories – at least 110 are credited – were made into films, including his first and most famous novel, The Three Godfathers (1913). Though it only hints at Near Future events, Pride of Palomar (1921) – filmed as The Pride of Palomar (1922) – is of interest for its portrayal of the Yellow Peril menace to California represented by immigrating Japanese, who in Social Darwinist terms (see also Evolution) are superior to whites. Of direct ...

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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