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Connell, Alan

(1916-1994) Australian author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Reign of the Reptiles" in Wonder Stories for August 1935, but who remains known almost solely for his Serpent Land sequence, comprising Lords of Serpent Land (1945 chap), Prisoners in Serpent Land (1945 chap) and Warriors of Serpent Land (1945 chap), all three being assembled as Lords of Serpent Land (omni 1991). The tales, which are effectively one sustained novel, reflect the influence of Edgar Rice ...

Suddain, M

(?   -    ) New Zealand journalist, playwright and author, in London from 2008, whose first novel, Theatre of the Gods [for subtitle see Checklist below] (2013), describes in a goofish gonzo idiom, complete with author's and editor's notes and obfuscations, its protagonist's Fantastic Voyage into other Dimensions, with a crew of children helping operate his Steampunk "ship"; the style of the tale is manifestly influenced by Douglas Adams. Suddain's second ...

Schofield, Alfred Taylor

(1846-1929) UK medical doctor and author whose nonfiction was divided between technical medical studies and hortatory guides to Christianity; his sf tales are Thought Experiments in the nineteenth century manner, where such narratives are more likely to teach than to explore. Travels in the Interior, or The Wonderful Adventures of Luke and Belinda: Edited by a London Physician (1887) as by Luke Theophilus Courteney carries its protagonists, shrunk to a suitable size, on a didactic expedition ...

Toomey, Robert E, Jr

(1945-    ) US author who began publishing sf stories with "Pejorative" for New Worlds in July 1969. His A World of Trouble (1973), a Space Opera, sets a galactic agent on an alien planet, where he has many jocosely told adventures. [JC]

Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The

Film (1970). United Artists and the Mirisch Production Company presents a Sir Nigel Films and Mirisch Films production in association with Compton Films, Phalanx Productions and the Mirisch Corporation. Directed by Billy Wilder. Written by Billy Wilder and I A L Diamond, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Cast includes Colin Blakely, Christopher Lee, Mollie Maureen, Genevieve Page, Robert Stephens and Tamara Toumanova. 125 minutes in its original cut. Colour. / A languid and ...

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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