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Taylor, William Alexander

(1837-1912) US lawyer, editor, politician and author whose Utopia, Intermere (1901), carries its protagonist into the heart of an inland sea perhaps adjacent to Antarctica; it is clearly Atlantis. Its inhabitants, who have deliberately kept the world at bay, communicate through Telepathy; they have evolved a civilization featuring advances in science and Technology, including supersonic aircraft and Weather Control, though women (see Women in SF) are not allowed to own property. Without any ...

O'Mahony, T P

(1939-    ) Irish journalist and author, working in the former capacity 1967-1989 as religious affairs correspondent for The Irish Press. He is of some sf interest for The Vatican Caper (1981), about the assassination of the imaginary Pope Patrick I, and for the more ambitious The Lynch Years: A Political Fantasy (1986), which circumambiates the life of the real Irish politician Jack Lynch (1917-1999) with material evocative of tall-tale Fantastika modestly reminiscent of ...

Rehla ilal Kamar

Egyptian film (1959; vt Journey to the Moon). Delta Film Productions. Directed by Hamada Abdel Wahab. Written by Hamada Abdel Wahab. Cast includes Roushdy Abaza, Sophy Sarwait, Souad Thawrat, Edmoun Toeima, Ismaïl Yasseen and Ibrahim Youness. 90 minutes. Black and white. [Note: Journey to the Moon is the official English title given in the opening credits; the names of Wahab, Yasseen, Abaza, and Sarwait are spelled as they appear in the opening credits; the names of Toeima, Youness, and ...

Forgotten Fantasy

US Digest-size magazine. Five issues October 1970 to June 1971, published by Nectar Press, Hollywood, edited by Douglas Menville. Forgotten Fantasy reprinted some ancient fantasy and Proto SF stories, but the long novel serialized in #1-#4, The Goddess of Atvatabar (1892) by William R Bradshaw, set in a Hollow Earth, was probably too dated to be successful even in the nostalgia market. A second serial, Hartmann the Anarchist (June-September 1893 The English Illustrated Magazine; 1893), by E ...

Berserkers

Term introduced by Fred Saberhagen for the implacably life-hating machines of his extensive Berserker series, which began with the short story "Fortress Ship" (January 1963 If; vt "Without a Thought" in Berserker, coll of linked stories 1967). These normally manifest as massive AI-controlled Spaceships with the capability to erase life from entire worlds; they and their minions are also encountered in smaller Robot form. Berserkers soon became a significant icon of Genre SF, a myth whose ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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