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Rose, F Horace

(1875-1965) South African editor, screenwriter for silent films and author, a periodic UK resident, whose The Night of the World (1944), centres on a Timeslip in a Lost World oasis peopled by figures from other ages, the whole being haunted by the course of World War Two. The Maniac's Dream: A Novel of the Atomic Bomb (1946) is of more direct sf interest, being one of the first post-Hiroshima Future-War novels to respond to the threat of nuclear Holocaust, though in this case without much ...

Hurwood, Bernhardt J

(1926-1987) US author of various sorts including detections and a very early manual on adjusting to the Computer age: Writing Becomes Electronic: Successful Authors Tell How They Write in the Age of the Computer (1986). He wrote and edited occult and horror titles for the Young Adult market, like Strange Curses (coll 1975) and By Blood Alone (1979); the Man from T.O.M.C.A.T. soft-porn quasithriller sequence as by Mallory T Knight, beginning with The Man from T.O.M.C.A.T. #1: The Dozen Deadly ...

Clarke, Covington

Pseudonym of US lawyer and author Homer Clarke Venable (1891-1953), active in the 1920s, who specialized in flying adventures for boys; under his own name, he wrote some adult fiction. Covington Clarke novels of sf interest include Desert Wings (1930) and Mystery Flight of the Q2 (1932), the latter being a Lost Race tale featuring the discovery of a lost civilization of Incas. [JC]

Brookmyre, Christopher

(1968-    ) UK author who remains best known for his Jack Parlabane sequence of noir thrillers, beginning with his first novel, Quite Ugly One Morning (1996), and all featuring an investigative reporter profoundly at odds with the powers that be. His first tale to contain fantasy elements, Pandaemonium (2009) plays, not entirely successfully, an Equipoisal game with uneasily matched registers of story: Scientists at a military research establishment, whose work is ...

Real Genius

Film (1985). Tri-Star/Delphi III. Directed by Martha Coolidge. Written by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Peter Torokvei, based on a story by Israel and Proft. Cast includes William Atherton, Gabe Jarret, Val Kilmer, Michelle Meyrink and Robert Prescott. 106 minutes. Colour. / Genius students at a college for advanced science are manipulated into designing a high-power laser by their corrupt professor (Atherton), who unknown to them is supplying it to a cold-blooded government agency as a secret ...

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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