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Fleming, Roscoe

(1895-1974) US journalist and author who began publishing work of sf interest with "The Menace of the Little" for Amazing Stories Quarterly in Summer 1931, a complex Invasion novella in which Earth defends itself against the Hive-Mind civilization of Mars whose war centre, a hollowed-out mountain in America, is eventually bombed. Fleming seems to have written no other fiction, though several of the longer poems in The Man Who Reached the Moon and Other Poems (coll 1955 chap; exp vt The Man Who ...

de Mille, William C

(1878-1955) US playwright, film director and screenwriter, older brother of Cecil B DeMille (1881-1959). (Note that although Cecil compressed his name to DeMille, William did not.) He wrote two plays of sf interest: "Food": A Tragedy of the Future in One Act (performed 1912 as Fifty Years from Now; 1914 chap) with Margaret Scott Oliver, a Satire in which food has become so expensive that a marriage may founder on the husband's jealous destruction of an egg given to his wife by a rich admirer; ...

Caroff, André

Pseudonym of French author André Carpouzis (1924-2009) who is perhaps best known for his Madame Atomos sequence, beginning with La Sinistre Mme Atomos (1964) and Mme Atomos Sème la Terreur (1965), both trans Brian Stableford in The Terror of Madame Atomos (omni 2010) [for details see Checklist below]; Atomos is a Japanese Mad Scientist whose desire for revenge against America – specifically for the use of nuclear weapons to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki – leads to her ...

Maitland, Derek

(1943-2019) UK war photographer and author whose sf Satires – T Minus Tower (1971), about a proposed transfer of the eponymous tower into space as a Space-Habitat hotel, and The Alpha Experience (1974) – exhibit a certain apocalyptic flippancy but failed to target coming UK trends with any real accuracy. [JC]

Chauvin, Cy

(1952-    ) US fan and critic, active in Detroit fandom from the 1970s, publishing there an intermittent Fanzine, Seldon's Plan (1969-1985); he became active as a reviewer and commentator at about the same time. Chauvin is of general interest for the relatively early A Multitude of Visions (anth 1975 chap), an anthology of criticism whose contents have been sagaciously reprinted from Fanzines, where much (if not most) of the useful sf criticism up to this date had first ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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