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Blue Sunshine

Film (1977). Ellanby/Blue Sunshine Co. Written and directed Jeff Lieberman. Cast includes Mark Goddard, Zalman King, Robert Walden and Deborah Winters. 95 minutes. Colour. / Lieberman's first film was a witty (if disgusting) Monster Movie, Squirm (1976) – the last word on killer worms; its novelization was Squirm (1976) by Richard A Curtis. Blue Sunshine, Lieberman's ...

Mertz, Joshua

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Cat Got Your Tongue" for Aboriginal in Winter 1997, and whose first novel, Machine Dreams (2000) – not to be confused with the nonfantastic Machine Dreams (1984) by Jayne Anne Phillips (1952-    ) – a Near Future tale set in megalopolitan San Frangeles and featuring ...

France, Anatole

Working name of Jacques Anatole-François Thibault (1844-1924), French author active from the early 1860s until his death; he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921. His essayistic "pagan" Satires seem perhaps less relevant now than formerly, their amused rationality failing to bite with sufficient savagery into targets like official religion and sexual prudery. Of sf interest are Sur la pierre blanche (1904 ...

Sayler, Harry Lincoln

(1863-1913) US journalist and author, exclusively of stories for young readers, those of greatest interest being three series involving aviation. Of perhaps most sf interest is the first – Airship Boys sequence beginning with The Airship Boys; or, The Quest of the Aztec Treasure (1909), his authorship ending with The Airship Boys as Detectives; or, Secret Service in Cloudland (1913); a final volume, ...

Clifton, Mark

(1906-1963) US author, an industrial psychologist for many years until his retirement around 1950 – mostly occupied in personnel work, putting together many thousands of case histories from which he extrapolated conclusions after the fashion of Kinsey and Sheldon. This practical experience, and the slant of mind it fuelled, mark his work as a writer, beginning with his first stories of genre interest, "What Have I Done?" for Astounding in May 1952, and 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. ...



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