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Morrissey, J L

(1905-1981) UK who began publishing thrillers in the 1930s and 1940s. His sf was restricted to the 1960s. City of the Hidden Eyes (1960) with Philip Levene was adapted from the latter's BBC Radio serial about Underground Monsters threatening the surface world. As Richard Saxon, Morrissey wrote several volumes of inconspicuous but not entirely negligible sf, ...

Butler, William Francis

(1838-1910) Irish soldier and author whose military involvement in the Riel Rebellion in western Canada resulted in his recommending the creation of what would eventually become the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He was in active service, with the rank of colonel, when he published anonymously a Battle of Dorking tale, The Invasion of England: Told Twenty Years After (1882) as By an Old Soldier, in which Germany mounts an ...

Uncanny Stories

US Pulp magazine, one issue, April 1941, published by Manvis Publications, one of the "Red Circle" magazines published by Martin Goodman; edited by Robert O Erisman. Uncanny contained both sf and weird fantasy, including "The Coming of the Giant Germs" by Ray Cummings, but nothing of importance. Erisman suitably sexed up the story titles, for example making David H Keller's innocuous "The ...

Gibbs, Lewis

Pseudonym of UK author Joseph Walter Cove (1891-1972), whose writing career began after active service in World War One. He is now remembered mainly for his biographies, though some of his fiction is of interest. In Parable for Lovers (1934), which is Fantasy, an expatriate Englishman falls in love with a wood-nymph in Greece. In his sf novel, Late Final (1951), an Englishman parachutes into England after ...

Castle, Jack

Pseudonym of US professional stuntman, police officer and author Chris Tortora (?   -    ), in the first capacity employed for about a decade with Universal Studios. His first novel, Europa Journal (2015) – which at some early points is structurally evocative of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) directed by Steven Spielberg and other ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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