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Morris, Gouverneur

(1876-1953) US banker, screenwriter and author, great-grandson of the American Founding Father Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816), extremely prolific as an author of short fiction. Some of his work is sf and fantasy, beginning with the Prehistoric SF tale, The Pagan's Progress (1904), whose the hero begins to acquire spiritual values through a moment of Transcendence when he understands that life is eternal, though ...

Croft, Herbert

(1751-1816) UK barrister, lexicographer and author, best known for a nonfantastic roman à clef, Love and Madness (1780). He is of sf interest for the Kilkhampton series of Satirical sketches beginning with The Abbey of Kilkhampton; Or, Monumental Records for the Year 1980 (1780) [for further details see Checklist below]. Not specifically tied to this sequence, The Wreck of Westminster Abbey, Alias the Year 2000 ...

Symmes, John Cleves

(1779-1829) US army officer, nephew of the politician and land speculator John Cleves Symmes (1742-1814); he reached the rank of Captain, distinguished himself in the War of 1812, retired, and subsequently devoted his life to propagandizing (largely through speeches, apparently charismatic) on behalf of his theory of a Hollow Earth consisting of five concentric spheres, with openings at the poles. He twice petitioned Congress (1822, 1823) for funds to mount an ...

Hooker, Ruth

(1920-1998) US author of books for Young Adult readers and younger children, whose Kennaquhair (1976) follows six children who leave a Ruined Earth urban environment and find a pastoral enclave, where a guru named Olmun [ie Old Man] teaches them how to adjust with loving kindness to the new world. [JC]

2 + 5: Missione Hydra

Film (1966; vt Star Pilot). Golden Motion Pictures. Directed by Pietro Francisci. Written by Pietro Francisci, based on a story by Fernando Paolo Girolami. English screenplay by Ian Danby. Cast includes Nando Angelini, Giovanni de Angelis, Roland Lesaffre, Leontine May, Kirk Morris, Mario Novelli and Leonora Ruffo. 89 minutes. Colour. / A Spaceship from the constellation Hydra crashes in Sardinia and is buried for two years, forcing its ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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