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Smith, E E

(1890-1965) US food chemist specializing in doughnut mixes, and author, often called the "Father of Space Opera"; because Hugo Gernsback appended "PhD" to Smith's name for his contributions to Amazing from 1928, he also became known as "Doc" Smith. Greatly influential in US Pulp-magazine sf between 1928 and about 1945, he found his reputation fading somewhat after the end of World War Two, when it seemed the dream-like simplicities of his world-view could no longer attract the modern reader of ...

Ware, Danie

(?   -    ) UK publicity and events manager for a large bookshop, and author; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Recruit" in Vivisepulture: Weird Tales of Twisted Imagination (anth 2011 ebook) edited by Andy Remic and Wayne Simmons. She is of sf interest for the Ecko sequence beginning with Ecko Rising (2013), whose protagonist, a Genetically Engineered quasi-Superman whose rebellious exploits in a Near Future Dystopian London, which is ...

de Mille, James

(1833-1880) Canadian academic and author, born James De Mill, who began his publishing career in 1853 and was the author of considerable signed fiction; he wrote two series of boy's stories, the Brethren of the White Cross sequence which includes Fire in the Woods (1871), a boy's story with a Lost Race element; and the entirely nonfantastic The Young Dodge Club sequence. The book for which he is now remembered is the anonymous, posthumous, Antarctic Utopia, A Strange Manuscript Found in a ...


Film (2002). Dimension Films, Blue Tulip Productions. Directed and written by Kurt Wimmer. Cast includes Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs, William MacFadyen, Sean Pertwee and Emily Watson. Plus one Bernese Mountain dog pup. 107 minutes. Colour. / After the devastation of World War Three, a new regime now rules Near Future America, and by the year 2072 claims to have constructed a world safe from war; as Dupont (MacFadyen) – spokesman for the "Father" (Pertwee), founder of the ...

Elliott, H Chandler

(1906-1978) Canadian-born physician, university teacher of medicine and author, in the US for many years; he began publishing work of genre interest with "Inanimate Objection" for Galaxy in February 1954. In his sf novel, Reprieve from Paradise (1955), Polynesians have survived an atomic World War Three, and forty centuries after their shocked discovery of the Post-Holocaust world, they have created a worldwide Dystopia plagued by Overpopulation, thanks to a rigid breeding plan. This world is ...

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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