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Williams, F Chenhalls

(1880-1965) UK minister, inventor (he patented an improved sash window catch) and author of several novels, two of which are sf. The Inner Number (1927) features a thought-reading Machine (see Psionics) which generates a romantic melodrama; in The Potter's Wheel (1931) as F C Williams, a Mad Scientist dies horribly after attempting to kill his daughter with his Death Ray; the formula for this Invention then serves as a McGuffin for a complex international spy story centred in South Africa, ...

Francis, Marianne

(?   -    ) UK author of Egyptian Light (1950), a dynastic-fantasy-like tale set in Atlantis, featuring a princess in flight and her espousal to the Egyptian pharaoh who rescues her after shipwreck. Atlantis sinks. [JC]

Adler, Paul

Pseudonym of German-born author and translator Peter Edler (1934-    ), in Canada 1953-1960, in the USA 1960-1981, subsequently in Sweden. In his first work in English, The Dooming Eye (1978) under his real name, the eponymous eye grants the usual kind of intrusive powers to those who use it. Much more ambitiously, Saucer Hill (1979) as by Paul Adler, set in a polluted Near Future California (see Ecology), is a Satire on Religion. Jesus returns but is unable to convince the ...

Fantastic Novels

US bimonthly Pulp magazine, companion to Famous Fantastic Mysteries, which it somewhat resembled though it reprinted longer works complete in one issue. Five issues were published July 1940 to April 1941, by the Frank A Munsey Corp, then it merged with Famous Fantastic Mysteries; it was revived by Popular Publications to publish 20 more issues March 1948 to June 1951, with the numeration of the second series following directly on from the first. It was edited in both incarnations by Mary ...

Cherez Ternii – K Zvyozdam

Film (1980; vt Per Aspera ad Astra). Maxim Gorki Studio. Directed by Richard Viktorov. Written by Kir Bulychev, Viktorov. Cast includes Vatzlav Dvorzhetsky, Vadim Ledogorov, Uldis Lieldidzh and Elena Metyolkina. In two parts, 40 minutes and 78 minutes. Colour. / This pretentious, rather naive, Soviet young-adult sf movie typifies many of Bulychev's themes and approaches. It begins well, with a "space Mowgli" – the alien girl Niia – being found by an Earth expedition on a ...

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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