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Cameron, Ian

Pseudonym of UK author Donald Gordon Payne (1924-2018), who served in World War Two as a Fleet Air Arm pilot. His sf as Cameron includes two Lost Race novels, The Lost Ones (1961; vt The Island at the Top of the World 1968; rev 1974), set in a warm Viking enclave at the North Pole, and The Mountains at the Bottom of the World (1972; vt Devil Country 1976), set in the southern Andes, where a missing link (see Apes as Human; Evolution) is discovered. The former was filmed by Disney as The Island ...


US online tv series (2018). An Anonymous Content, Paramount Television, Parliament of Owls and Rubicon TV production for Netflix. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Written by Nick Cuse, Amelia Gray, Danielle Henderson, Mauricio Katz, Patrick Somerville and Caroline Williams, based loosely on the Norwegian tv series Maniac (2015). Cast includes Gabriel Byrne, Sally Field, Jonah Hill, Sonoya Mizuno, Emma Stone and Justin Theroux. Ten episodes of between 26 and 47 minutes. Colour. / Two ...

Rickman, Gregg

(?   -    ) US author and critic who conducted illuminating interviews with Philip K Dick – one late magazine appearance being "Piper in the Woods" (November 1990 Argosy) – and has published three volumes of this material, beginning with Philip K. Dick: In His Own Words (1984; rev 1988). The third of these, To the High Castle: Philip K. Dick: A Life 1928-1962 (1989), shows Dick through interviews with friends and other contemporaries. Rickman's The ...

Bakker, R Scott

(1967-    ) Canadian author whose early work was Fantasy, but who has more recently published some sf work. The complex ongoing fantasy enterprise – which, under the overall title of The Second Apocalypse, comprises two series, the Prince of Nothing sequence beginning with The Darkness That Comes Before (2003) and the Aspect-Emperor sequence beginning with The Judging Eye (2008) – ambitiously sets various families and Hero figures at one another's throats in an ...

Rhinehart, Luke

Pseudonym of US author George Powers Cockcroft (1932-2020), best known for his Dice Man books, a sequence beginning with his first novel, The Dice Man (1971; rev 1983). The tale dramatizes a philosophy of chance – with life decisions made according to a throw of the dice – which, given dramatic fictional form, leads to what might seem an advocacy of the acte gratuit; in its direct sequel, The Search for the Dice Man (1993), the son of the first book's protagonist, an ...

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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