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Orczy, Baroness

Working name of Hungarian-born illustrator and author Baroness Emmuska Magdalena Rosalia Maria Josefa Barbara Orczy (1865-1947), in the UK from about 1880, though much of her time was spent in France; her first given name was also rendered as Emma, which she did not like. After magazine work as an illustrator, she came to fame with The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905), first performed as a play in 1903 and followed by eleven Scarlet Pimpernel sequels. Her sf novel, By the Gods Beloved (1905; vt The ...

O'Reilly, John Boyle

(1844-1890) Irish-born political agitator, journalist, poet and author; for his Fenian activities he was transported to Western Australia in 1867, but soon escaped, arriving in the US in 1869. His sf novel about a republican England, The King's Men: A Tale of Tomorrow (1884) with Robert Grant, S of Dale (a pseudonym of US lawyer and diplomat Frederic Jesup Stimson) and J T Wheelwright (1856-1925), also a New England lawyer, features an attempted monarchist coup (see Future War) in 1940, which ...

Creature with the Atom Brain

Film (1955). Clover Productions/Columbia Pictures. Produced by Sam Katzman (uncredited). Directed by Edward L Cahn. Written by Curt Siodmak from his own original story. Special effects by Jack Erickson. Cast includes Richard Denning, Gregory Gaye (credited as Gregory Gay), Michael Granger and S John Launer. 69 minutes. Black and white. / Gangster Frank Buchanan (Granger) has been exiled to Europe after rival gangsters betrayed him to law enforcement authorities. There he meets the former ...

Herbert, A P

(1890-1971) UK humorist, author and politician – an Independent MP from 1935 to 1950. He was prolific for 60 years after he began publishing light verse in Punch, some of it fantastic, around 1910. From 1917 his Punch work was signed A.P.H. The Secret Battle (1919) – a nonfantastic novel about the judicial murder by the British army of an officer whose tactical savvy is misinterpreted by his privileged senior – reflected the effect World War One had upon him after three years ...

Curval, Philippe

Pseudonym used by French author and journalist Philippe Tronche (1929-    ). Curval has since the 1950s been associated with the growth of sf in France as bookseller, magazine editor, photographer, chronicler and author. He is a fine stylist whose work, though often they are couched as Satires, is exemplified by a sensual, poetic mood and great affection for his characters. He has written over thirty stories, the first appearing in 1955. Cette Chère Humanité ...

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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