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Mendham, Clement A

(1859-1941) UK civil engineer and author of a Lost Race tale, A Buried Mystery (1898), in which an ancient settlement is discovered in South America; the protagonist lives there a while, soon finding a maiden sufficiently white to marry. [JC]

Dirda, Michael

(1948-    ) US editor, journalist and author, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for his journalism; as a Book World editor for the Washington Post (1978-2003) he was an influential advocate of sf as a form of literature worth serious attention, creating and editing a monthly sf column by various critics, as well as making room for individual reviews. He now writes a weekly column for the Post; his work also appears in the New York Review of Books and ...

Valley of the Dragons

Film (1961; vt Prehistoric Valley UK). Zimbalist-Roberts-Bernds Productions/Columbia Pictures. Produced by Byron Roberts. Directed by Edward Bernds. Written by Bernds and Donald Zimbalist, based very loosely on Hector Servadac: voyages et aventures à travers le monde solaire (1 January-15 December 1877 Magasin d'Éducation et de Récréation; 1877 2vols; trans as Hector Servadac 1877) by Jules ...

Bennis, Robyn

(?   -    ) US biotech scientist and author whose Signal Airship sequence beginning with The Guns Above (2017) follows the career of a female Airship captain in a Steampunk Alternate World. The complications of her career are reminiscent of those of C S Forester's Horatio Hornblower, and though the series may ...

Gurdon, J E

(1898-1973) UK soldier – as a World War One flying ace he won a DFC – and author, publishing many stories in UK magazines, and two books of some sf interest: Feeding the Wind (1924), featuring a Mad Scientist who almost blows up the world; and a Lost World tale for Young Adult readers, The Secret of the South (1950), featuring a ...

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. ...



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