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Wentworth, May

(?   -?   ) US author, mostly of fairy tales, whose The Golden Dawn and Other Stories (coll 1870), published for children, contains one long tale of possible Feminist interest, "Don Ramon Capello and the Amazon Isle", in which a kind of militant Utopia, inhabited by giant women, is discovered on an unknown Pacific Island. [JC]

Tunnel, The

Film (1935; vt Trans-Atlantic Tunnel US). Gaumont. Directed by Maurice Elvey. Written by Clemence Dane, L du Garde Peach, based on Der Tunnel (1913; trans 1915) by Bernhard Kellermann. Cast includes George Arliss, Leslie Banks, Richard Dix, Madge Evans, Walter Huston, C Aubrey Smith and Helen Vinson. 94 minutes. Black and white. / A UK remake of the successful German film Der Tunnel (1933). The plot is basically the same: a tunnel is built under the Atlantic linking the USA with Europe ...

Willeford, Charles

(1919-1988) US soldier – much decorated in World War Two – and author, best known for noir crime thrillers like The Burnt Orange Heresy (1971) and for the equally dark police thrillers in the Miami-based Hoke Moseley series, most famously the first title in the sequence, Miami Blues (1984). In a prefiguration of the surreal juxtapositions examined in his work, Willeford's first novel, High Priest of California (1953), was bound with a reprint of Talbot Mundy's Lost Race novel, Full ...

Ingersoll, Bob

(1952-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "If Wishes Were Horses" with Tony Isabella for The Ultimate Super-Villains (anth 1996) edited by Stan Lee, and who has since published a Captain America Tie, Captain America: Liberty's Torch (1998) with Tony Isabella and a Star Trek tie, Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist's Corpse (2004) with Tony Isabella. [JC]

Kapp, Colin

(1928-2007) UK author and worker in electronics, initially with the Mullard Radio Valve Company; later a freelance electroplating consultant. He began publishing sf with "Life Plan" for New Worlds in November 1958, and much of his best work soon appeared in this magazine, including "Lambda I" (December 1962 New Worlds) – which deals with the perils of Transportation through the solid Earth via a kind of Hyperspace or Matter Penetration, and gave its title to the John Carnell collection ...

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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