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Roberts, Bechhofer

(1894-1949) UK journalist and author of two thematically connected Near Future spoofs on bureaucracy, The Birdseed Pool (1940), where the chair of a Government control board, appointed through nepotism, fails to rationalize the market for birdseed as World War Two deepens; and the similar Sunrise in the West: An Absurdity (1945). His thrillers as by Ephesian do not contain fantasy. [JC]


US Semiprozine which had three phases under three editors, the sequence held together by a thread of Feminism. Founded and initially edited by Lois Wickstrom at Sproing, Inc, Denver, Colorado from #1 (undated, October 1978) to #9 (undated, September 1982). Publication was taken over by Jean Lorrah (who had been associate editor on issues #8 and #9) with Empire Books, Murray, Kentucky, from #10 (undated, Summer 1983) to #17 (undated, Fall 1987), serving as co-editor with Wickstrom. Publication ...

Dead Space

Videogame (2008). Electronic Arts (EA). Designed by Brett Robbins, Wright Bagwell, Jatin Patel. Platforms: PS3, Win, XB360. / Dead Space is a Survival Horror game, displayed from the perspective of a Third Person Shooter and very much influenced by the arthouse terror of Alien (1979). The player character, the significantly named Isaac Clarke (for Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke), is an engineer on the starship Kellion. At the beginning of the game the Kellion is investigating a distress ...

Nicolson, Marjorie Hope

(1894-1981) US scholar and academic, in the latter role at Smith College from 1929 to 1941, and at Columbia University from 1941 until 1962. Some of her work – like Newton Demands the Muse: Newton's Opticks and the Eighteenth Century Poets (1946) – is indirectly useful to students of Proto SF. Of direct interest in the study of early works in the field are two books focusing on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: A World in the Moon: A Study of the Changing Attitude toward the ...

Scorpion, The

US Pulp magazine, one issue, April 1939, published by Popular Publications; edited by Ejler and Edith Jakobsson. The Scorpion was in every respect a sequel to The Octopus, only the alias of the villainous protagonist being changed. The sadistic, borderline-sf feature novel, "Satan's Incubator" by Randolph Craig (Norvell W Page), was reprinted by Robert E Weinberg as Pulp Classics #12: The Scorpion (1976 chap), whilst the entire issue was reprinted complete by Girasol in 2005. ...

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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