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Pérochon, Ernest

(1885-1942) French author who served at the beginning of World War One before suffering a heart attack and being invalided out; most of his work was nonfantastic; he won the Prix Goncourt in 1920. His sf novel, Les Hommes Frénétiques (1925; trans Brian Stableford as The Frenetic People 2012), describes a Utopian Western world which after a century or so of worldwide peace has suddenly broken into a conflict that evokes 1914-1918 in its self-destructive fury, a Future War that ...

Tyson, J Aubrey

(1870-1930) US author whose Near Future thriller, The Scarlet Tanager (1922), which is set in 1930, rousingly presents a submarine pirate and his right-wing cohorts; a tough US intelligence agent opposes their efforts to topple the American government. A UK agent, the actress of the title, also becomes involved. Sf devices include sonar and an invisible Ray. The Barge of Haunted Lives (coll of linked stories 1923) includes several supernatural tales told in a Club Story venue. [JC]

Mobile Police Patlabor

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1988-1989; vt Mobile Police Patlabor: The Early Days). Original title Kidō Keisatsu Patoreibā. Studio Deen. Created by Headgear. Directed by Mamoru Oshii. Written by Kazunori Ito. Voice cast includes Toshio Furukawa, You Inoue, Ryunosuke Ohbayashi and Mina Tominaga. Seven 29-minute episodes. Colour. / Patlabor is set in 1998, when, in the wake of societal upheavals caused by Climate Change, giant Mecha called Labors perform most of ...

Neil, John

(?   -?   ) UK author of at least two sf novels, each published obscurely: The Eye of the Gods (1933 chap); and The Man of Mystery (1934), featuring a surgeon, blinded in World War One, who evolves his "pineal" eye with the idea of beginning a three-eyed race of Supermen. [JC]

Cardinal, Jane

Pseudonym of UK author Ethel Williamson (?   -?   ), who also wrote as by Cherry Veheyne; the Living Idol beginning with The Living Idol: A Romantic Melodrama (1933) treats the Clichés of the Lost Race novel in terms of the Sheik Romance: a starlet, while being held hostage by a prince of ancient lineage who boasts Superpowers, learns love at his hands (veiled). In the sequel, The Taming of the Despot (1934), love and wisdom triumph against an Invasion ...

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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