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Pedler, Kit

Working name of UK author and scientist Christopher Magnus Howard Pedler (1927-1981). He was a medical doctor, practising from 1953 for about three years, after which he began the research into the experimental pathology of eye disease that resulted in a second doctorate; from his early years he was a passionate advocate for the proper conservation of the planet. In collaboration with Gerry Davis he created the menacing Cybermen for the Doctor Who storyline The Tenth Planet; these inimical ...

Kashiwaba Sachiko

(1953-    ) Japanese author, largely of fantasy fiction for children and Young Adults, beginning with Kiri no Mukō no Fushigi-na Machi (1975; trans Christopher Holmes as The Marvelous Village Veiled in Mist 1987), in which the titular Brigadoon-like Polder [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], where local accents echo that of Kashiwaba's native Iwate, is revealed to a six-year-old child on a summer vacation, who is obliged to then work there to pay for ...

Middleton, John B

Pseudonym of UK newspaper proprietor and author John Bagot (1844-1925), whose The God of This World: A Story for the Times (1905), a Utopia set in 2005, espouses a benign union of advanced Technology and Religion. [JC]

Bruce Gentry: Daredevil of the Skies

US Serial Film (1949). Columbia Pictures. Produced by Sam Katzman. Directed by Thomas Carr and Spencer Gordon Bennett. Written by Lewis Clay, George H Plympton and Joseph H Poland, based on the newspaper Comic strip Bruce Gentry (1945-1951) by Ray Bailey. Cast includes Judy Clark, Tristram Coffin, Ralph Hodges, Tom Neal and Forrest Taylor. 246 minutes. Black and white. / This fifteen-chapter serial is mildly notable for the first film appearance of flying saucers (see UFOs), predating the ...

Skyrealms of Jorune

Role Playing Game (1985). SkyRealms Publishing. Designed by Andrew Leker, Miles Teves, Amy Leker. / SkyRealms of Jorune is a work of Science Fantasy, set on the eponymous planet in the distant future, long after it has been colonized by humanity. The tone is reminiscent of the Planetary Romances of Jack Vance, and also of the various fantasy games set on the world of Tékumel created by M A R Barker. Jorune is home to many sentient races, including not only the native Shanthas and ...

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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