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Peake, Mervyn

(1911-1968) UK author and artist, born in China, where he lived until he was twelve in a missionary compound, embedded into a land as strange as the country surrounding Gormenghast. He was initially better regarded as an artist than as a writer and, although he had published some poetry before the end of World War Two, the poetic density of Titus Groan (1946) was unexpected. Gormenghast (1950) is closely linked to that first volume, but it is clear that Peake never intended to compose a trilogy ...

Mettais, Hippolyte

(1812-?   ) French doctor and author whose L'An 5865 ou Paris dans 4000 Ans (1865; trans Brian Stableford as The Year 5865 2012) is a Ruins and Futurity tale whose narrator – four millennia hence, after numerous Disasters have almost totally obscured the deep past – conceives of Paris in terms of the Lost World novel. As is typical of this category of tale, elements of spoof alternate with Satire. Paris avant le Déluge (1866; trans Brian Stableford as Paris ...

Dellbridge, John

Pseudonym of Trinidad-born author and barrister Frederick Joseph de Verteuil (1887-1963), in the UK and India from the age of fourteen; he began to write in the UK after being debarred from practice for cheating clients, publishing variously as by Freddy Banister, John Dellbridge and Francis Vere. Of sf interest is The Moles of Death (1927) as by John Dellbridge, in which an Invention gives a peace-keeping aircraft an edge; there is a faint hint of Pax Aeronautica idealism in the tale, but it ...

Flowers for Algernon

One of the most widely adapted SF stories, Flowers for Algernon (April 1959 F&SF; exp 1966) by Daniel Keyes charts the progress of retarded Charlie/Charly, who develops a powerful Intelligence becomes a genius, and then slowly reverts to his original condition, after an only partially successful experimental treatment. Algernon, a white mouse, was Charlie's predecessor in testing the new Uplift treatment; Charlie becomes very fond of him and identifies with him. The story is known ...

Society

Film (1989). Wild Street Pictures. Directed by Brian Yuzna. Written by Woody Keith, Rick Fry. Cast includes Devin DeVasquez, Ben Meyerson and Bill Warlock. 99 minutes. Colour. / "Society" (as in the upper classes) is an Alien race, parasitic on humanity (as in the poor), that has been around as long as humans have, but we learn this only at the end. In the tradition of 1980s schlock/surrealist horror cinema (e.g., Re-Animator [1985]), there is gross bad taste, but the film is unusual in the ...

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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