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Taylor, Robert Lewis

(1912-1998) US author, often of Humour, best known for the nonfantastic The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1959), which won a Pulitzer Price; in his sf novel, Adrift in a Boneyard (1947), the few survivors of a mysterious Disaster come, after long travel through the ruins of New York in the mode of the Last Man tale, to a peaceful ...

Brown, Alec

(1900-1962) UK translator and author whose early work, like The Honest Bounder (1927), grappled with interbellum Europe from a left perspective; in his sf novel, Angelo's Moon (1955), set in an Underground city in Africa called Hypolitania, a white scientist offers some hope of countering the degeneration of our species. [JC]

Time Travel

It is a great literary convenience to be able to move a narrative viewpoint backwards or forwards in Time, and writers have always been prepared to use whatever narrative devices come to hand for this purpose. Until the end of the nineteenth century, dreams were the favoured method – perhaps most significantly deployed in Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol (1843) and Edgar Allan ...

Star Blaster

US letter-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Publisher: Windsor Communications Incorporated. No editor named. Ten (?) issues from 1983 to 1986. Publication schedule was roughly quarterly. / This title, one of several attempting to emulate such Media Magazines as Fantastic Films and Starlog, did so with modest success. Films covered included ...


US Fanzine, edited by from Berkeley by Terry Carr and Ron Ellik (issues #1-#65, February 1958-September 1960); Terry and Miriam Carr (#66-#71, November 1960-January 1961); and subsequently by Walter Breen (#72-#100, April 1961-February 1964). US quarto format, mimeographed; initially weekly, but for the most part fortnightly from July 1958; irregular from Spring 1962. 100 issues (but see below). / ...

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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