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MacPherson, Donald

Pseudonym of UK psychologist George Humphrey (1889-1966) – who held various academic posts in Canada and the USA 1916-1947 and later became professor of psychology at Oxford – for two sf novels influenced by Freudian Psychology. Go Home, Unicorn (1935) is a Scientific Romance set in Montreal, in which the life of a research Scientist – loved by two women, one jealous – is much confused by projections, into the world of matter, of their (and other people's) mental ...

Griffin, Brian

(1941-    ) UK author, active as a genre critic in the 1970s, who published two unremarkable sf novels for Robert Hale Limited, The Nucleation (1977) and The OMEGA Project (1978). He is better remembered for the competent Apertures: A Study of the Writings of Brian Aldiss (1984) with David Wingrove. There is no connection between him and the cartoon dog "Brian Griffin" in the US animated television series Family Guy (1999-current). [JC]

Gove, Philip Babcock

(1902-1972) US academic, noted in later life for his editorship of the Webster's Third New International Dictionary (1961), which was heavily attacked for its "permissive" retreat from the prescriptive authority of its predecessors; less controversially, he is of sf interest for The Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction: A History of its Criticism and a Guide for its Study, with an Annotated Check List of 215 Imaginary Voyages from 1700 to 1800 (1941). Though in no sense a book about sf per se, it ...

Comics Scene

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and better-quality paper. Published by O'Quinn Studios/Starlog Communications. Editor: David McConnell, others. 70 issues 1982 to 2000. Publication schedule was bimonthly or monthly. / This publication attempted to cover Comics in much the same way as its parent magazine Starlog did with sf films and Television. Though folding after only eleven issues, the magazine was revived with a new #1 in 1988 and continued ...

Blackburn, John

(1923-1993) UK antiquarian book dealer and author, in many of whose novels a powerful ambience of Horror derives from a calculated use of material from several genres, including sf, often simultaneously; he was a sophisticated, commercial exploiter of Equipoise in fantastic fiction. The loose General Kirk sequence beginning with A Scent of New-Mown Hay (1958; vt The Reluctant Spy 1966), A Sour Apple Tree (1958) and Broken Boy (1959), tends to manipulate the patterns of espionage and thriller ...

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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