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Janson, Gustaf

(1866-1913) Swedish painter and author, whose pacifist novel, Lögnerna: berättelser om kriget ["The Lies: Tales of the War"] (1912; trans anon as Pride of War 1912), is set mostly in the Turco-Italian war of 1911-1912, but climaxes with a vivid depiction of a Future War in the air as waged by Germany. [JC]

Marshall, James Scott

(?   -?   ) US author of a Utopia, The Planet Mars and its Inhabitants: A Psychic Revelation: by Iros Urides (a Martian) Written Down and Edited by J L Kennon (1922) as by Iros Urides [see also Checklist below], which in lightly fictionalized terms describes an ideal society on Mars, with advanced Technology and Transportation powered by electricity. Authorship of this text, which is copyright Mabel J McKean, has also been credited to J L Kennon. / Though it ...

Lewitt, S N

(1954-    ) US author; the initial N in her name stands for "Nothing"; she variously signs her works as given as the headword above, and as both Shariann Lewitt and Shariann N Lewitt; pseudonyms include Rick North and Gordon Kendall (see below). Lewitt began publishing work of genre interest with "St Joey the Action" in Perpetual Light (anth 1982) edited by Alan Ryan; after First and Final Rites (1984), a fantasy novel published as by Shariann Lewitt, she released the first ...

Mines, Samuel

(1909-1998) US editor who worked from 1942 for Standard Magazines, the chain that published Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories. Although an sf enthusiast – he published four stories in Thrilling Wonder Stories, beginning with "Find the Sculptor" in 1946 – he concentrated mainly editing on non-sf pulps until Sam Merwin Jr left the company in 1951, whereupon he took over the editorship of Startling Stories (November 1951-Fall 1954), Thrilling Wonder (December 1951-Summer ...

Day of the Animals, The

Film (1977; vt Something Is Out There). Film Ventures International. Produced by Edward L Montoro. Directed by William Girdler. Written by William W Norton, Eleanor E Norton, and Edward L Montoro. Cast includes Michael Ansara (Daniel Santee), Christopher George, Lynda Day George and Leslie Nielsen. 97 minutes, cut to 95 minutes. Colour. / An increase in radiation reaching earth from the Sun due to ozone depletion makes all wildlife above five thousand feet go into a berserk killing frenzy. ...

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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