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Strange World of Planet X, The

1. UK tv serial (1956). ATV. Produced by Arthur Lane. Directed by Quentin Lawrence. Teleplay René Ray. Cast includes Helen Cherry, Maudie Edwards, David Garth and William Lucas. Seven 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / Scientists discover a formula giving access to the fourth Dimension and, with others, are thereby transported to the abstractly arid Planet X. Ray novelized her own screenplay as The Strange World of Planet X (1957). / 2. UK film (1958; vt The Cosmic Monster). ...

Morpuss, Guy

(1969-    ) UK barrister and author in whose first novel, the Near Future Five Minds (2021), a kind of solution has been found to rampant Overpopulation: individual "Identities" are enabled to time-share single bodies, the resulting "communes" allotted a much increased lifespan, at the cost of experiences akin to schizophrenia. There are resemblances to Philip José Farmer's Dayworld sequence, though the device to cram lives into the world differs very substantially. ...

Smith, Mary C

(?   -    ) US-born author, resident in Nigeria, whose sf novel, The Undesirables (1998), is set in an ostensible distant Near Future plebiscitary democracy which – along lines soon to become almost mandatory in the sf literature – turns out to be a Dystopia whose undesirables, defined on Eugenic lines, live in Keep-like ghettos. When the protagonist falls in love with an undesirable, the secret services have her raped and eventually injected with ...

Caine, Hall

(1853-1931) UK author of novels which sold enormously in the late nineteenth century, but were almost forgotten by his death; he was a friend of Bram Stoker, who dedicated Dracula (1897) with a reference, in Manx, to his extremely short stature. The Mahdi, or Love and Race (1894) depicts a Near-Future uprising in Morocco at the behest of the eponymous leader of the faithful. The Eternal City (1901), printed in a first edition of 100,000, sets a complex intrigue alight in a Pope-dominated Rome: ...

Johnson, Alaya Dawn

(1982-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Shard of Glass" in Strange Horizons for February 2005, and most of whose work has been Fantasy: including the Spirit Binders sequence beginning with Racing the Dark (2007), which is set in Polynesia before the whites came, and featuring characters in control of the spirit world; and the Zephyr Hollis sequence beginning with Moonshine (2010), featuring a Vampire in New York. This second series can be ...

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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