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Jackson, Geo Russell

(circa 1834-1892) Scottish-born journalist, songwriter and author, in the US from an early age; his Young Adult novel, Ambregris Island; Or, the New El Dorado (1882), flirts enticingly with the Lost Race tale – the eponymous Island contains huge quantities of ambergris and an unknown tribe – and boasts a sea serpent (see Monsters). [JC]

Rimel, Duane W

(1915-1996) US poet and author of some short fiction, some of it with H P Lovecraft; his sf novel, Time Swap (1969) as by Rex Weldon, combines Time Travel and Sex. [JC]

My Science Project

Film (1985). Touchstone/Silver Screen Partners II. Written and directed by Jonathan R Betuel. Cast includes Dennis Hopper, Raphael Sbarge, Fisher Stevens, John Stockwell and Danielle von Zerneck. 94 minutes, cut to 91 minutes. Colour. / One of an epidemic of teen sf movies (Back to the Future, Explorers, Real Genius, Weird Science, etc.), this was among the less successful, even though its director, whose debut this was, had previously written the much better teen movie The Last Starfighter ...

Hilliard, John Northern

(1873-1935) US reporter, press agent and author, best known for his work on stage magic, including the posthumous Greater Magic (1938); he was probably the ghostwriter of The Art of Magic (1909) as by T Nelson Downs (1867-1938). He is of some sf interest for his collaboration with Grace Sartwell Mason (whom see), The Bear's Claws (1913) [JC]

Vorhies, John R

(1920-1993) US author in whose Near-Future sf Satire, Pre-Empt (1967; vt The Nathan Hale 1968), a nuclear-submarine captain enforces world peace by dropping a few demonstration missiles on the USA and USSR, generating mockable confusion. Despite the fervent advocacy of right-wingers, America does not in fact opt for a pre-emptive strike. [JC]

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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