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Magriska, Countess Hélène

Pseudonym of UK romantic novelist Enid Florence Brockies (1911-1943), a singer and actress who turned to writing as Countess Hélène Magriska. Her Ten Poplars (1937) has a science-fictional McGuffin, a mysterious Ray that can be used to restore the health and appearance of those advancing in age (see Rejuvenation). The main thrust of the story is the romantic triangle created by an ageing Hollywood actor who comes seeking treatment, the doctor who has discovered the ray and her ...

Rhodes, H Henry

(?   -?   ) US author of Where Men Have Walked: A Story of the Lucayos (1909), a complex Lost Race whose protagonist – trapped after dark adventures on a mysterious Island – spelunks deep Underground, where a strange figure Timeslips by trance backwards to a much earlier age, where an electricity-worshipping Utopia, which may possibly be Atlantis, eases existence for its citizens; after awakening (or coming back to the present), the protagonist leaves ...

Holt, Robert Lawrence

(1939-    ) US author of Technothrillers whose Good Friday (1987), set in the Near Future, describes the Soviet invasion of Saudi Arabian oilfields on the sacred day of the title; in Peacemaker (1991) with Frank R Holt, an AI goes mental, almost causing a Star Wars Disaster. [JC]


Sf is sometimes considered, especially by its detractors, to be a genre in which machines are more important than people. Definitions of SF often deny this, but the assumption that only Hard SF, dealing with the future of Technology, can be "real" sf is very common. Various kinds of machine have exerted a powerful fascination upon the sf imagination, and the social impact of technology has been a continual concern in sf. / The first major prose work to celebrate the shape of machines to ...

Man with Two Brains, The

Film (1983). Aspen Film Society. Directed by Carl Reiner. Written by Reiner, Steve Martin, George Gipe. Cast includes Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner and David Warner. 93 minutes, cut to 86 minutes. Colour. / Pastiche is the essence of most Steve Martin comedies; his self-indulgent acting style becomes rapidly tiresome when his performances are not focused by a good director, but Reiner is good, and this is a genuinely funny film spoofing the disembodied-brain Gothic tradition of Donovan's ...

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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