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Berens, Lewis Henry

(?   -?   ) Australian author whose The Story of My Dictatorship [for various vts see Checklist below] (1887-1888 Our Commonwealth; 1894) with Ignatius Singer, set in the very Near Future, describes in dialogue form the disputatious creation of a Utopia on socialist lines in London. [JC]

Alan Parsons Project

UK prog-rock band founded by Alan Parsons (1948-    ) and Eric Woolfson (1945-2009). Parsons worked as a record producer, and remains best-known today as the sound engineer of Pink Floyd's album Dark Side of the Moon (1974); there is, indeed, an inescapably sub-Floyd feel to most of the work released by his own band. Each of the ten Alan Parsons Project albums develops a single "concept", often science-fictional, through a number of songs. The group's first release Tales of ...

Wolf, David

(1951-    ) US physiologist and author, a research scientist whose experience is reflected in his sf novel, King of Infinite Space: A Murder Mystery (1998), a medical Technothriller in which young women are experimentally enclosed in giant water-filled capsules (see Sex; Women in SF), where their thoughts are exposed by a kind of mechanized Telepathy. [JC]

Dirac, Hugh

(?   -    ) UK medical doctor and author of an sf novel, The Profit of Doom (1970), in which a surgeon (see Medicine) implants brain cells from a foetus into the body of a diseased millionaire, who then gains Immortality. [JC]


Film (1948; vt Devil's Plot US). British National Films/Pathé Pictures Ltd. UK/Herbert Bregstein US. Produced by Louis H Jackson. Directed by Paul L Stein. Written by Jack Whittingham from a story by Guy Morgan. Cast includes Robert Beatty, Anthony Eustrel, Mervyn Johns and Nova Pilbeam. 90 minutes. Black and white. / 1948: Nazi bacteriologist Dr Bruckner (Johns), "The Beast of Ravensbruck", escapes from a POW camp with two colleagues. He murders Australian Dr Forrester (Eustrel), ...

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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