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Thomas, Rhys

(?   -    ) Welsh author whose sf novel, On the Third Day (2010), is set in the aftermath of a Disaster, the rapid spread of a virus-based Pandemic that causes either incurable depression or savage violence, ending in death after three days. The story follows the immune survivors of a devastated family group to the south coast of England, where their attempts to establish a protective Keep are only partially successful. Slowly, around them, the countryside ...

Forbes, Caroline

(1952-    ) UK author whose first story of genre interest, "Snake" (1980 publication not traced), was assembled with her other published fantasy and sf in The Needle on Full: Lesbian Feminist Science Fiction (coll 1985) (see Feminism; Women in SF). Told with an abstractedness that seems at time fatally distant from the world, the tales here assembled convey all the same an acute awareness of feminist issues in the 1980s; they also confront the still-sclerotic response of sf ...

Temple, William F

(1914-1989) UK author who began his activities in the sf world before World War Two as an active fan, a member of the British Interplanetary Society and editor of its Bulletin, and a flatmate of Arthur C Clarke. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Kosso" in Thrills (anth 1935) edited anonymously by Charles Birkin (1907-1986), a Horror in SF tale in which a tree, given Intelligence by a scientist, rebels; other early fiction includes an Amateur Magazine appearance with "Mr. ...

Key, Eugene G

(1907-1976) US engineer and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Red Ace" for Air Wonder Stories in February 1930, a tale involving aerial piracy and Antigravity; his sf collection, Mars Mountain (coll 1935), published by William L Crawford's semi-professional company Fantasy Publications, was the first full-length book to appear from any US publishing house specializing in sf (see Small Presses and Limited Editions) – though non-specialist houses had of course ...

Hauser's Memory

Made-for-tv film (1970). Universal/NBC TV. Directed by Boris Sagal. Written by Adrian Spies, based on Hauser's Memory (1968) by Curt Siodmak. Cast includes David McCallum, Leslie Nielsen, Lilli Palmer, Susan Strasberg and Robert Webber. 100 minutes. Colour. / Siodmak's 1968 novel is an updated but equally absurd variation on the theme of his novel Donovan's Brain (1943), which was filmed three times (see Donovan's Brain; The Lady and the Monster; Vengeance): a dead man's mind somehow exerts ...

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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