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White, Mary Alice

(1920-2000) US psychologist, academic, and Director of the Laboratory for the Psychological Study of Telecommunication at Columbia University, in which capacity she called as early as 1981 for the educational use of Computers in a world where print learning was becoming obsolete. She was the author of a modestly fictionalized Utopia, The Land of the Possible: A Report on the First Visit to Prire (1979), a pacific land ...

Three Stooges in Orbit, The

Film (1962). Columbia Pictures Corporation. Produced by Norman Maurer. Directed by Edwards Bernds. Written by Maurer from an idea by Elwood Ullman. Cast includes Rayford Barnes, Joe DeRita, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, George N Neise and Emil Sitka. 90 minutes. Black and white. / After being thrown out of several hotels, the Stooges – Curly Joe (DeRita), Larry (Fine), and Moe (Howard) – find accommodation in the home of Professor Danforth (Sitka), who is working on a new ...

Slocombe, George

(1894-1963) UK journalist whose first assignment was to report on the sinking of the Titanic in 1912; and author whose Near Future Dictator (1932), set in an imaginary European country, describes the rise of a tyranny there. Escape into the Past (1943) features an artist's wife who Timeslips irrevocably into the seventeenth century. [JC]


US Fanzine (1962-?2001) edited from New Hampshire by Ed Meskys (1936-2021) alone for the first five issues, when it was a small, personal fanzine circulated through an APA; then with Felice Rolfe and Anne Chatland from #6, Chatland dropping out after #8. Under Meskys and Rolfe, Niekas established itself as a large and variegated magazine containing a mixture of articles, but with particular emphasis on ...

Linklater, Thomas H

(1849-?   ) UK accountant, possible missionary and translator, whose version of Jules Verne's De la Terre à la Lune: Trajet direct en 97 heures 20 minutes (1865) and Autour de la Lune: Seconde partie de: De la Terre à la Lune (1870) as From the Earth to the Moon Direct and Around the Moon (1877) remains among the very few Victorian translations of Verne worth keeping in print. In notes to his ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf ...

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