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Kirk, Hyland C

(1846-1917) US author of speculative nonfiction, including the nonfiction The Possibility of Not Dying (1883); his two books of sf interest are When Age Grows Young (1888), a Utopia set in the Near Future where technological progress has brought felicity and a chance of Immortality; and The Revolt of the Brutes: A Fantasy of the Chicago Fair (1893), a tale of fantasticated Devolution. [JC]

Ellern, William B

(1933-    ) US engineer, who has worked for the Jet Propulsion Labs, and author of some stories set in the Lensman universe of E E Smith, beginning with "Moon Prospector" for Analog in April 1966, and most notably with a sequel to the main sequence, New Lensman (January-July 1975 Perry Rhodan #61-#74; 1976), which takes some material from his first story; "Triplanetary Agent" (August-October 1976 Perry Rhodan #100-#105) was also set in the Lensman universe. [JC]

Mad Ghoul, The

Film (1943; vt Mystery of the Ghoul). Universal Pictures. Produced by Ben Pivar. Directed by James P Hogan. Written by Paul Gangelin and Brenda Wiseberg from a story by Hanns Kraly (credited as Hans Kraly). Cast includes Evelyn Ankers, Robert Armstrong, Turhan Bey, David Bruce and George Zucco. 65 minutes. Black and white. / University chemistry Professor Alfred Morris (Zucco) has re-created a nerve gas used by ancient Mayans in human sacrifice rituals. With medical student Ted (Bruce) as ...

Sidewise Award

These annual awards for Alternate History fiction were conceived in 1995 by Evelyn C Leeper, Robert B Schmunk and Steven H Silver, and have since been presented annually in two categories, Long Form for works of more than 60,000 words and Short Form for works (including poems) of less than 60,000 words. The awards' name is a homage to Murray Leinster's short Timeslip/Parallel Worlds story "Sidewise in Time" (June 1934 Astounding). / The winners below are listed by their year of eligibility, ...

Clarke, Percy

(?   -?   ) An author active in the 1880s and 1890s, either UK or Australian; set in Australia like his other works, his sf novel, The Valley Council; or, Leaves from the Journal of Thomas Bateman of Canbelago Station N. S. W. (1891), combines intimate details of outback life with the portrayal of a Lost Race society of Englishmen who, 150 years earlier, have established a rule-bound but ultimately flexible Utopia in the wilderness. Unusually, the governance of ...

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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