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Hussey, David

(?   -    ) UK author of a Utopia, No Sting, No Honey (1938), set on a South Pacific Island where women, following Eugenic precepts, have transformed themselves into the dominant sex (see Feminism). [JC]

Hahn, Charles Curtz

(1858-1938) US priest (deposed in 1884), religious poet and author whose The Wreck of the South Pole; Or, the Great Dissembler and Other Strange Tales (coll 1899) contains mainly the title novella, about a Lost Race at the South Pole with Telepathic powers and advanced technology; plans to "wrench" the pole, thus changing the world's climate, do not bear fruit. The remaining stories are fantasy. [JC]

Bizarre

US Semiprozine. 1 issue (January 1941), edited by Walter E Marconette and J Chapman Miske, effectively a continuation of Marconette's earlier Fanzine Scienti-Snaps. Professional in appearance, with a colour cover by Hannes Bok, it is noted primarily for publishing for the first time the original but previously unused ending of A Merritt's novel Dwellers in the Mirage (23 January-27 February 1932 Argosy; 1932; rev 1953), which ending has since become the standard. Bizarre also ran a discussion ...

Surface

US tv series (2005-2006). Rock Fish Productions/NBC Universal Television for NBC-TV. Created by Jonas and Josh Pate. Produced by Ed Milkovich, Joy Beattie, Dan Dworkin and Darcy Meyers. Directors included Jeffrey Reiner, John Behring and Bill Eagles. Writers included Beattie, Dworkin and Chip Johannessen. Cast includes Lake Bell, Jay R Ferguson, Eddie Hassell, Carter Jenkins, Leighton Meester and Rade Šerbedžija. 14 43-minute episodes. Colour. / Oceanographer Laura Daughtery ...

Astor, John Jacob

(1864-1912) US businessman, inventor and author, great-grandson of the celebrated fur trader; he was one of four authors of sf (the others are Jacques Futrelle, F D Millet and W T Stead) known to have gone down with the Titanic. His A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future (1894) features an Antigravity device – Apergy, borrowed from Percy Greg's Across the Zodiac (1880) – that powers a craft in a tour of the solar system in 2000 CE. Earth itself is a Utopia dominated by a ...

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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