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Touponce, William F

(1948-2017) US academic and critic, with the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) from 1985, there becoming Professor of English and – after retiring in 2012 – Professor Emeritus until his death. His first four book-length critical studies addressed the works of Ray Bradbury (twice), Frank Herbert and Isaac Asimov, in Ray Bradbury and the Poetics of Reverie: Fantasy, Science Fiction and the Reader (1984; exp vt 1998), Frank Herbert ...

Ice Pirates, The

Film (1984). MGM/United Artists. Directed by Stewart Raffill. Written by Raffill, Stanford Sherman. Cast includes Mary Crosby, Anjelica Huston, John Matuszak, Ron Perlman, Michael D Roberts and Robert Urich. 94 minutes. Colour. / Sf Parodies have seldom worked well in the cinema, but this is an exception. Jason (Urich) is a pirate captain of a Spaceship (he and his crew carry cutlasses and wear high boots) who raids merchant ships for ice (the planets in this area being arid), meets a ...

Ottum, Bob

(1925-1986) US sports author and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "She Called Me Frankie" for Science Fiction Quarterly in May 1953. In his surprisingly funny sf novel, All Right, Everybody Off the Planet (1972), inefficient Aliens send a spy among us in human form; the humour derives from their ignorance of human relationships and from their attempts to stage-manage an impressive First Contact. A similar notion – with the sexes reversed – was much later used, ...

Locke, George

(1936-2019) UK author, one-time pharmacist, antiquarian bookseller and bibliographer. He began publishing sf with "The Human Seed" for Authentic Science Fiction in October 1957, and under the name Gordon Walters published a number of sf stories in the 1960s, but no sf books; his novel, Pattern of Terror (1987) as by Ayresome Johns, is a detective tale involving an "impossible crime" and the supernatural. He also published several Sherlock Holmes Parodies, including The Ghosts of Eden; Or, the ...

Taine, John

Pseudonym for all his fiction of Scottish-born mathematician and author Eric Temple Bell (1883-1960), permanently in US from 1902; under his own name he wrote at least 250 papers and several studies in mathematical history and theory. Taine's first novels were Lost-World tales: The Purple Sapphire (1924), set in Tibet where an ancient race possesses the secret of atomic power; and The Gold Tooth (1927), set in Korea, where another ancient race is discovered, whose secret – the ...

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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