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MacPherson, John F

(1873-1939) Australian-born author, in UK by 1891; in his complex Future War novel, A Yankee Napoleon (1907), two Scientists – one a Mad Scientist who uses his Inventions for evil, the other an ethical Superman figure – oppose one another, as the mad one devises a brain serum that supplies him, vampirically, with mental energy sufficient for him to become the Emperor of America. In the end, after Britain's initial defeat in her attempted Invasion of America, and much warfare Under ...

Pratchett, Terry

(1948-2015) UK author who began publishing with "The Hades Business" in Science Fantasy in 1963, collected with other (mostly early) stories as A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction (coll 2012); other early work, which first appeared in the Bucks Free Press 1965-1973, was collected as Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Stories (coll 2014). For many years he was in full-time employment, as a journalist until 1980 – contributing many short stories to the Bucks Free Press ...

Exploits of Elaine, The

US silent Serial Film (1914). Whartons Studios. Directed by Louis J Gasnier, George B Seitz, Leopold Wharton and Theodore Wharton. Written by Basil Dickey, Charles W Goddard, Arthur B Reeve and George B Seitz. Cast includes Arnold Daly, Sheldon Lewis and Pearl White. 14 episodes. Black and white. / This serial film, probably the first with sf elements throughout, starred Pearl White as Elaine; she had previously played the titular heroine of what is considered the epitome of the genre, The ...

Cozzens, James Gould

(1903-1978) US author, best known for his novels of contemporary American life, including Guard of Honor (1948), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, and By Love Possessed (1957), which brought him considerable fame. One of the passengers in the doomed liner (see Ship of Fools) that gives its name to S S San Pedro (August 1930 Scribner's Magazine; 1931) is a malign doctor, a Mysterious Stranger who is an unmistakable allegorical representation of Death; he jumps ship. A second short novel, ...

Stop Susan Williams

US tv series (1979; vt Cliffhangers: Stop Susan Williams). Universal Television for NBC-TV. Created by Kenneth Johnson. Produced by Richard Milton. Directors included Reza Badiyi, Richard S Harwood, Sigmund Neufeld Jr. Writers included Peggy Goldman, Richard Christian Matheson, Andrew Schneider. Cast includes Susan Anton, Marji Dusay (Jennifer Selden), John Hancock (Gold Tooth), T Miratt (Ti), Albert Paulsen, Michael Swan (Jack Schoengarth) and Ray Walston (Bob Richards). Thirteen 20-minute ...

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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