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Hassler, Kenneth W

(1932-1999) US personnel specialist and author whose routine sf novels, most of them Space Operas, are The Glass Cage (1969), Destination: Terra (1970), The Dream Squad (1970), A Message from Earth (1970), Intergalac Agent (1971) and The Multiple Man (1972). [JC]

Sealed Book, The

Radio series (1945). The Mutual Broadcasting Network. Created and written by Robert Arthur and David Kogan. Produced by Jock MacGregor. Host and narrator: Philip Clarke. 26 30-minute episodes. / A spin-off from The Mysterious Traveler (1943-1952), this short-lived companion series broadcast remakes of some of the more popular instalments of its progenitor. Besides the narrator/host, the only recurring character was the always silent "Keeper of the Book" of past mysteries and secrets, from ...

Naval Officer, A

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of Great Was the Fall (1912), who signs the Introduction as A H M; a Near Future tale on Battle of Dorking lines, including a sneak Invasion by Germany, which has taken advantage of Britain's unpreparedness. [JC]

Liddle, Carl

(1897-1968) US journalist and author of Tunchi (1933) with David Thibault, an unusually well-researched Lost Race tale set in South America and attempting to present the possible characteristics of an ancient Amerindian civilization. [JC]


Film (2015). Paramount Animation, HanWay Films, Harmonius Claptrap. Directed by Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman. Written by Kaufman. Voice cast includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan, David Thewlis. 90 minutes. Colour. / Anomalisa is a nonfantastic tale filmed as an exercise in stop-motion animation, with 3D-printed marionettes representing the human cast, a technique usually restricted to children's Television. Each character except the protagonist has the same puppet face, though ...

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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