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Bywater, Hector Charles

(1884-1940) UK journalist and author of influential works on the military applications of sea-power, and of a Future War novel on the same theme, The Great Pacific War: A History of the American-Japanese Campaign of 1931-1933 (1925), which quite remarkably predicts a massive Japanese surprise attack and early triumphs, and an ultimate American victory, the latter due in large part to an inexhaustible supply of energy, once the American navy began to ...

Theobald, Ray

(?   -    ) Highly prolific UK artist who was active from 1949 or earlier until 1960, chiefly painting paperback and magazine covers; his lack of visibility in public records as either Ray or Raymond Theobald has led Steve Holland to speculate that the byline may be a pseudonym [see under links below]. Other names used by the same artist are Glen Allen and Ken Ford. / Among the publishers for whom Theobald ...

Atomic Kid, The

Film (1954). Mickey Rooney Productions/Republic Pictures. Produced by Rooney. Directed by Leslie H Martinson. Written by Blake Edwards, Benedict Freeman, and John Fenton Murray. Cast includes Whit Bissell, Elaine Devry (credited as Elaine Davis), Mickey Rooney and Robert Strauss. 86 minutes. Black and white. / A pair of uranium prospectors, Barnaby Waterberry (Rooney) and Stan Cooper (Strauss) are stranded in the Nevada desert when their vehicle breaks down. They stumble upon an ...

Theosophy

The Theosophical Society is an occult organization founded in 1875 by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891) and two colleagues; it continues to exist, though in a state of schism. The doctrines propounded by this crypto-religion – theosophy means, literally, "knowledge of God" – have a relationship to Fantastika similar to that of nineteenth-century spiritualism in general, though the cosmological narrative embedded in the basic concepts comprises a ...

Michaels, Rune

(?   -    ) US author of Young Adult sf novels, including Genesis Alpha (2007), in which the Clone of a young man, who has possibly done evil things, searches for answers in the eponymous Massively Multiplayer Online Game; The Reminder (2008), whose protagonist hears her dead mother's voice, a dilemma resolved without ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...



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