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Kellogg, Marjorie Bradley

(1946-    ) US designer of theatre scenery and author who published her first three novels as by M Bradley Kellogg to avoid confusion with another Marjorie Kellogg, but from 1991 has used her full name. Her first novel, A Rumor of Angels (1983), is unexceptional, but the Lear's Daughters sequence – The Wave and the Flame (1986) and Reign of Fire (1986), both written with NASA climatologist William B Rossow and assembled as Lear's Daughters (omni 1987) – somewhat ...

Haines, Donal Hamilton

(1886-1951) US author, in his later career usually about American football; his two connected sf novels for Young Adult readers, The Last Invasion (1914) and Clearing the Seas; Or, the Last of the Warships (1915), describe various aspects of a moderately futile Future War in which the United States is invaded by the "Blues" (whom E F Bleiler thinks must be Germans), who are eventually driven off, and war itself discounted for good. [JC]

Fox-Davies, A C

(1871-1928) UK author, a specialist in heraldry (which he took very seriously), in whose sf novel, The Sex Triumphant (1909), the rise of women (see Feminism; Women in SF) in the Near Future is seen as disastrous. [JC]

God Told Me To

Film (1976; vt Demon). Larco. Produced and directed by Larry Cohen. Written by Cohen. Cast includes Sandy Dennis, Tony Lo Bianco, Richard Lynch and Deborah Raffin. 89 minutes. Colour. / It is as well that Larry Cohen has his own production company, Larco, since it is impossible to imagine any other company taking on so eccentric a project. This is perhaps the most baroque sf movie ever made. A devout Catholic detective (Lo Bianco) investigates separate instances of mass murder linked by the ...

de Béthune, Chevalier

(?   -?   ) French author, who may or may not be related to the influential Béthune family, of Relation du Monde de Mercure (1750; trans Brian Stableford as The World of Mercury 2015) vividly describes a Mercury inhabited by various species of Aliens some of whom dwell in Cities built on rigidly geometrical Utopian lines, others of whom are winged, and all of whom are involved in exorbitantly depicted battles with each other. [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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