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Lost World, The

1. Film (1925). First National. Directed by Harry O Hoyt. Script by Marion Fairfax, based on The Lost World (1912) by Arthur Conan Doyle. Cast includes Wallace Beery, Lloyd Hughes, Bessie Love and Lewis Stone. 9700ft (approx 105 minutes, cut to 60 minutes). Black and white, with some tinted sequences. / Wallace Beery makes an unlikely Professor Challenger in this slow-moving, wordy (a large number of dialogue frames) silent version of the famous novel about the discovery of an almost ...

White, Arnold Henry

(1848-1925) UK businessman, politician, journalist and author of a Future War tale, When War Breaks Out [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1898 chap) with H W Wilson, a fairly late example of the Battle of Dorking story, with Britain in this case almost suffering defeat at the hands of France and Russia, though America comes to her aid, enabling Britain to win a sea victory. Wilson was active in the Navy League in the 1890s, and during the early 1900s was a prominent advocate of pre-emptive ...

Mano, D Keith

(1942-2016) US actor, author and playwright whose energetic novels confronted Christians (he was himself a Russian Orthodox Christian) with various moral and physical dilemmas. His second novel, Horn (1969), is a transcendental fable; his third, War Is Heaven! (1970), describes with some surreal vividness a Future War in an imaginary – but easily imagined – South American country. The Bridge (1973) is a full-fledged sf novel set in 2035 CE, where draconian attempts to combat ...

Wu Dingbo

(1941-    ) Chinese academic and sf scholar based at the English Department of the Shanghai International Studies University. His PhD in English is from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his dissertation being titled "Utopias by American Women". With Patrick Murphy he edited Science Fiction from China (anth 1989), an important English-language sampler which contains eight Chinese sf stories and a chronological bibliography. He was a member of World SF and has had more than ...

Jameson, Malcolm

(1891-1945) US author who began producing fiction only after cancer forced him to retire from a nonwriting life which had included a career in the US Navy. He began publishing sf with "Eviction by Isotherm" for Astounding in August 1938, and wrote prolifically, at least seventy stories appearing before his death; he published some work under pseudonyms including Colin Keith and Mary MacGregor. "Doubled and Redoubled" (February 1941 Unknown), though not the first Time Loop story, seems to be 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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