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David, Peter

(1956-    ) US comic book writer and author, two of whose earlier series – the Photon sequence, beginning with Photon #1: For the Glory (1987), and the Psi-Man sequence, beginning with Psi-Man: Mind-Force Warrior (1990), about a Quaker fighter for good – are signed David Peters. As David he has mainly produced fantasies like the Modern Arthur sequence, beginning with Knight Life (1987; rev 2002), in which Arthur is put into the modern world; Howling Mad: A Tale ...

Gould, F J

(1855-1938) UK author of numerous works in which he espoused an agnostic philosophy. His sf novel, The Agnostic Island (1891), a very lightly fictionalized satire on Utopia, exposes some Christian missionaries to a society which threatens their beliefs. [JC]

Wagner, Bruce

(1954-    ) US screenwriter and author who has focused on the splendours and miseries of California life and culture, as in his first book, Force Majeure: The Bud Wiggins Stories (coll of linked stories 1988; exp vt Force Majeure 1991), whose Comic-Inferno examination of Hollywood (see Cinema) edges close to the fantastic. His script for the Television series Wild Palms (which see for details) is full-blown sf. He produced three separate books about or rendering the series: ...


Film (1983). A JF Production/MGM/UA. Directed by Douglas Trumbull. Written by Robert Stitzel and Philip Frank Messina, based on a story by Bruce Joel Rubin. Cast includes Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson, Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood. 106 minutes. Colour. / A team of Scientists including the estranged husband and wife Michael Brace (Walken) and Karen Brace (Wood) invent a Virtual-Reality device which faithfully records human experiences (including the accompanying emotions) and ...

Ryder, James

Pseudonym of UK author James Pattinson (1915-2009), a merchant-navy gunner during World War Two; his more than 100 novels are mostly thrillers under his own name, many with naval settings. His sf adventures for Robert Hale Limited are Kark (1969), set in a Near Future authoritarian Dystopian state of Britain against which the protagonist rebels, and Vicious Spiral (1976), featuring Time Travel from the twelfth millennium with the intention of killing Adolf Hitler. [JC/DRL]

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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