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MacMillan, Armour

(1882-1939) UK author of a Timeslip tale, The Incredible Adventure (1928), uneasily Equipoisal in its depiction of the experiences of a modern banker who awakens in the Greece of 30 BCE able to speak the language; pretending he is from Atlantis, he creates considerable stir through his descriptions of various Inventions, including the motorcar. His ...

Hayward, Dana

Pseudonym of US psychologist and author Mark Muse (?   –     ), active since the early 1980s, whose works under his real name are nonfiction. As Hayward, he is the author of a Near Future Dystopian sf novel, Entropy (2022), set in a world ravaged by Climate Change, Pandemic and Wars. ...

Portnoy, Howard N

(1946-    ) US author and teacher whose Hot Rain (1977) seems to start off as a Horror fantasy about apparently supernatural bolts of lightning. Eventually, however, a ludicrous pseudoscientific explanation (see Scientific Errors) is found in a secret military project. [JC] see also: Weather Control. /

Allen, Arthur Bruce

(1903-1975) UK author whose The Pyromaniac (1938) uninterestingly features the use of a heat-operated Ray Gun. [JC]


Minor European prog-rock group founded by Belgian/Swiss musician Joel Vandroogenbroeck. Psychonaut (1973) seems to develop some sort of Inner Space sf theme, although the lyrics are hard to follow. The concept-album Celestial Ocean (1974) gives uninspiring musical life to the genre cliché that the Ancient Egyptians were also interstellar astronauts (see Pseudoscience). Adventure ...

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. ...

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