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Crawshay-Williams, Eliot

(1879-1962) UK politician (Liberal Member of Parliament 1910-1913), playwright and author, whose surname at birth was Williams; when he adopted the full hyphenated surname is uncertain; in active service during World War One, and as a playwright (his dramas were nonfantastic) from around 1930. His first novel of any sf interest, Night in No Time: A Novel (1946) is a Timeslip fantasy. His Time Paradox story, "The Man Who Met Himself" (in The Man Who Met Himself and Other Stories, coll 1947), ...

Walker, Jerry

(?   -?   ) US author of the Lawrence Marley Sequence of Near Future thrillers comprising Mission Accomplished: A Novel of 1950 (1947) and A Date with Destiny (1949); Colonel Marley, chief of an American counter-intelligence unit, defends his native land from foreign intrigues as the Cold War begins to intensify and World War Three seems imminent. [JC]

Bidmead, Christopher H

(1941-    ) UK scriptwriter and novelizer for the Doctor Who enterprise; his titles are Doctor Who: Logopolis (1982), Doctor Who: Castrovalva (1983) and Doctor Who: Frontios (1984). Bidmead was script editor for Doctor Who's 1981-1982 season, succeeding Douglas Adams. [JC/GS]

SF Color Poster Book

US letter-size Cinema poster magazine printed on slick paper. Publisher: Starlog/Lamplight Studios. Editor: possibly Herman Zimmerman. Five numbered issues, 1978 to 1979. / This short-lived poster-magazine from O'Quinn Studios carried brief articles, mostly on contemporary Television programmes, together with some film coverage. When unfolded, the magazine became a large poster of the cover subject along with smaller pin-up photographs of others. Subjects covered included the films ...


For some six months in 1783 Paris was the Cape Canaveral of the eighteenth century as Parisians watched a succession of extraordinary ascents by hot-air balloons. The first successful manned trip took place on 21 November, as reported by Benjamin Franklin, and it started off a long series of speculations about the conquest of the air, almost certainly the first fictional response being The Aerostatic Spy: Or, Excursions with an Air Balloon by an Aerial Traveller (1785; exp vt The Balloon: Or ...

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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