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Allhoff, Fred

Working name of Charles Frederick Allhoff (1904-1988), US journalist and author known in the sf field for Lightning in the Night (31 August-16 November 1940 Liberty; 1979), a Future War tale which, when serialized, caused considerable stir because of its defence of the arguments of General Billy Mitchell (1879-1936) about the primacy of air power in any future conflict; for its portrayal of a semi-defeated USA in 1945 as she recoups her moral and physical forces and begins to thrust back the ...

Orbital Children, The

Japanese Anime tv series (2022; original title Chikyūgai Shōnen Shōjo; vt Extraterrestrial Boys and Girls). Production +h. Directed and written by Mitsuo Iso. Voice cast includes Chinatsu Akasaki, Natsumi Fujiwara, Mariya Ise, Yumiko Kobayashi, Kensho Ono and Azumi Waki. Released as two films (Japan) or six episodes (internationally). Circa 180 minutes. Colour. / By 2034 (see Near Future), the Intelligence of the AI known as Seven had skyrocketed to a level it was incapable ...

Leggett, M D

(1821-1896) US lawyer, doctor, educator, soldier, Commissioner of Patents under President Grant, businessman (founder of one of the firms that became General Electric) and author A Dream of a Modest Prophet (1890), which describes a Christian Utopia on Mars, whose inhabitants have embraced peace after the example of their own Christ Messiah, who seems essentially identical to Earth's. [JC]

Johnson, L P V

(1905-1983) Canadian agricultural scientist and author whose In the Time of the Thetans (1961) features an unpleasant set of Aliens known as Thetans, who resemble starfish. [JC]

Warde, Reginald

(1878-?   ) US author of a Lost Race novel, A Daughter of Indra (1925) anonymous, set in India; the god Indra is the deva of rain, lighting, thunder. [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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