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Naylor, Charles

(1941-2005) US editor and author, the partner of Thomas M Disch between 1969 and 2005. He wrote a gothic novel, Steps to the Grotto (1974) as by Cassandra Nye, echoing the Cassandra Knye pseudonym used earlier for gothics by Disch and John T Sladek. Under his own name, Neighboring Lives (1981) with Thomas M Disch is a non-sf historical analysis in fictional terms of mid-nineteenth-century English literary life, focusing on Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) and his wife, Jane Baillie Welsh Carlyle ...

Marsh, Carl

(?   -?   ) UK author of And Wars Shall Cease (1939), an sf novel set in an undefinably distant Near Future where the good news heralded in its title has come to pass, perhaps through spiritual means. [JC]

Tarzan Films

Films about Tarzan are of varying interest, and are treated accordingly. Early examples made some pretence of following the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs; later films abandoned that pretence. Several actors played Tarzan himself. The most famous were Johnny Weissmuller (9 to 24) and Lex Barker (25 to 29). For further Jungle Movies see Bomba Films and The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. / 1. Tarzan of the Apes (1918) US film. National Film Corporation of America/First National. Produced by William ...

Leven, Jeremy

(1941-    ) US academic author whose two Equipoisal sf-like novels, Creator (1980) and Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr Seymour Kassler, J.S.P.S. (1982), both apply a sometimes portentous mainstream sensibility to generic conceits (see Mainstream Writers of SF). In the first, the attempted creation of a Clone to replace a dead wife activates considerable magic-realist brooding about a variety of issues. In the second a Computer turns out to house the ...

Eclipse Phase

Role Playing Game (2009). Posthuman Studios. Designed by Rob Boyle, John Snead, Brian Cross, Jack Graham, Lars Blumenstein. / Eclipse Phase is a game of Posthuman terror. The setting is a complexly inhabited solar system after the Fall, a war against rogue AIs which ended only when the enemy escaped to the stars, taking with them millions of forcibly Uploaded human minds. Earth is a deadly wasteland, surrendered to roving packs of self improving war machines. The survivors of the Fall exist ...

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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