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Ardies, Tom

(1931-    ) US author, mostly of crime fiction, whose borderline Near Future Sparrow sequence – Their Man in the White House (1971), This Suitcase Is Going to Explode (1972) and Pandemic (1973), the Pandemic in question being an almost universally fatal manufactured flu – sees America at risk of Russian skulduggery, though Charlie Sparrow stands in the way. [JC]

Hulbert, Archer Butler

(1873-1933) US academic, historian and author, whose Lost World tale, The Queen of Quelparte: A Story of Russian Intrigue in the Far East (1904), is set on the eponymous Island between Japan and China, where intrigues invoking ancient ways are required to save the land from imperial predators. [JC]

Garlick, Nicholas

(?   -    ) UK author – using his real name, not a pseudonym derived from the Catholic recusant and martyr of that name (circa 1555-1588) – of one sf novel, California Dreaming (1981), for Robert Hale Limited, in which Drugs are able, at least in California, to make thoughts real. [JC]

Dunn, J R

(1953-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Long Knives" for L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future (anth 1987) edited by A J Budrys; a later story, "Crux Gammata" (October 1992 Asimov's) is an interesting Hitler Wins tale. This Side of Judgment (1994), Dunn's first novel, posits a Cyberpunk-coloured future America in which a pyrrhic military victory over a cabal of South American drug dealers and Leftist dictators has driven the country even further down the ...

Serpent's Egg, The

Film (1977). Known in Germany as Das Schlangenei. Dino De Laurentiis Corporation/Rialto Film/Bavaria Film. Directed and written by Ingmar Bergman. Cast includes Heinz Bennent, David Carradine, Gert Fröbe, Liv Ullmann and James Whitmore. 119 minutes. Colour. / Ingmar Bergman's thirty-eighth film as director has generally been understood as a failed attempt to give an intimate portrait of Weimar Berlin in 1923, a place and a period he did not know and was unlikely to master. There are ...

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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