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Cole, Ira A

(1883-1973) US author of a Lost Race novel, Ibe of Atlan (1947), set in nineteenth-century Colorado, where an advanced civilization is found living in secret. Cole corresponded with H P Lovecraft and others in a round-robin discussion entitled "The Kleicomolo". [JC]

Berington, Simon

(1680-1755) UK author, apparently a Catholic priest, the author for reasons only partly didactic of one of the first Lost World novels in the literature; it is probably the first to suggest that the lost race in question may be Ancient Egyptians. Published anonymously, the book is described on the title page as a translation from the Italian. Its title, which is long, constitutes a synopsis: The Memoirs of Sigr Guadentio di Lucca: Taken from His Confession and Examination Before the Fathers of ...

Space Elevator

An increasingly popular item of sf Transportation hardware since its introduction to the genre by the near-simultaneous appearance of Arthur C Clarke's The Fountains of Paradise (1979) and Charles Sheffield's The Web Between the Worlds (1979; exp 1989). The space elevator's basic concept is simply that of a tethered "skyhook" cable – fixed at one end to a base on or near Earth's equator, rising to geostationary orbit some 22,000 miles (36,000km) above sea level, and continuing to a ...

Kemp, Earl Terry

(1955-    ) US editor, sf researcher and historian, son of Earl Kemp. He is the author of The Anthem Series: A Guide to the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Weird Specialty Publishers of the Golden Age (2013), art books including the Robert Bonfils collection The Cover Art of Robert Bonfils: from the archives of Greenleaf Classics (graph 2013), and two extensive bibliographic databases. Kemp has also edited several volumes of sf stories – and one of SF Magazine ...

Voronoff, Serge

(1866-1951) Russian-born surgeon and entrepreneur, in France from an early age; his theory that monkey testicles, when transplanted into the testicles of human males, would have a rejuvenating effect and increase longevity (see Rejuvenation), was influential during the 1920s. Voronoff argued his case voluminously, in texts like La Conquête de la Vie (1928: trans G Gibier Rambaud as The Conquest of Life 1928). It is estimated that at least 500 French males underwent the necessary ...

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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