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Newman, Bernard

(1897-1968) UK civil servant and author who served in the trenches during World War One; most of his output consisted of espionage thrillers (some as by Don Betteridge) and detective mysteries, the two genres being perhaps most successfully combined in Maginot Line Murder (1939). The entertainment value of his sf is somewhat limited, as he used the form primarily to provide platforms for extended right-wing arguments about ...

Big Man Japan

Japanese film (2007). Original title Dai Nipponjin. Directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto. Written by Hitoshi Matsumoto and Mitsuyoshi Takasu. Cast includes Shion Machida, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Daisuke Miyagawa and Taichi Yazaki. 114 minutes. Colour. / A documentary crew are following Masaru Daisatou (Matsumoto), an unprepossessing middle-aged man with a fondness for folding umbrellas: "they only get big when you need them to" (a similar remark is made ...

Collin de Plancy, Jacques

(1793-1881) French demonologist and author, born without the aspirational "de Plancy", though he used the full name for much of his life; best known for his Dicionnaire Infernal ["Dictionary of the Infernal"] (1818), which he added and republished in various forms over several decades. He is of Proto SF interest for ...

Millers, Reinhold

(?   -    ) US author of a metaphysical sf tale, Time Exile (1972), whose protagonist is exiled to a tiny Island for thousands of years, until a "Time Patrol" (see Time Police) comes upon him. [JC]

Waisbrooker, Lois

Pseudonym of US Feminist editor, publisher and author Adeline Eliza Nichols (1826-1909); she wrote several nonfantastic propaganda novels like Alice Vale: A Story for the Times (1869), about an abnormally sensitive and intelligent woman constantly at odds with male expectations of her sex. She is of sf interest for A Sex Revolution (1894), in which a Utopia is posited where women have gained control over their ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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