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Manson, Marsden

(1850-1931) US engineer – San Francisco City Engineer 1908-1912 – and author of an early Yellow Peril tale, The Yellow Peril in Action: A Possible Chapter in History (1907 chap), in which a Future War between the USA and China is won by the latter. [JC]

Schweitzer, Darrell

(1952-    ) US critic, editor, bookseller and author who was early active in sf Fandom, publishing some amateur fiction, though his first professional story of genre interest was "Come to Mother" for Weirdbook #4 in 1971, but who has spent his energies very variously for many years, coming initially to notice with a series of critical studies [they are broken down in the Checklist below] including Lovecraft in the Cinema (1975 ...

Terrornauts, The

Film (1967). Amicus Productions. Directed by Montgomery Tully. Written by John Brunner, based on the novel The Wailing Asteroid (1960) by Murray Leinster. Cast includes Charles Hawtrey, Patricia Hayes, Zena Marshall, Stanley Meadows and Simon Oates. 75 minutes. Colour. / The head of a project to use a radio telescope to listen for signs of intelligent life, Dr Joe Burke (Oates), is rewarded for his ...

Stross, Charles

(1964-    ) UK author of science fiction and fantasy, a former journalist on other subjects; he has published work in computer and Role Playing Game magazines. He began publishing work of genre interest with "In Search of a Fergussen Event" in the British Science Fiction Association's Focus for August 1985, though his first professional publication was not until "The Boys" ...

Bilenkin, Dmitri

(1933-1987) Russian geologist and author of both fiction and popular-science books. For most of his career he concentrated on short stories – assembled as Marsianskii Priboi ["The Surf of Mars"] (coll 1968), Noch' Kontrabandoi ["Night of Contraband"] (coll 1971), Proverka na Razumonst' ["Test for a Reason"] (coll 1974), Snega Olimpa ["The Snows of Olympus"] (coll 1980), Litso V Tolpe ["A Face in the Crowd"] (coll 1985) ...

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. ...

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