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Loudon, Jane

(1807-1858) UK author of many books on popular natural history and gardening, and of The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century (1827 3vols; rev 1828), published anonymously. Like Mary Shelley a decade earlier, she wrote her novel while still a teenager; the eponymous mummy, though clearly monstrous, arouses some of the same threatening ambivalence as Shelley's Frankenstein Monster. Around this figure, and through a somewhat melodramatic plot – the Mummy of Cheops conspires with a ...

Homunculus

Serial film (1916; vt Homunculus der Führer). Deutsche Bioscop. Directed by Otto Rippert. Script by Otto and Robert Neuss, based on a story by Robert Reinert. Cast includes Olaf Fønss and Friedrich Kühne. Six episodes; total length 401 minutes. Black and white. / This six-part silent German serial, the most popular of the World War One period, tells of an artificial man created by a scientist (Kühne) who wants to make a perfect creature of pure reason. But the result, ...

Dasgupta, Rana

(1971-    ) UK-born author now resident in India whose first book, Tokyo Cancelled (coll of linked stories 2005), presents a series of Club Story tales told by thirteen passengers stranded overnight in an airport because snow has forced the cancellation of their flight to Tokyo. The tales themselves – as befit narratives told by displaced citizens of the contemporary world – are exceedingly various, running from mundane fiction to fairy tale to fantasy and sf. ...

Chesbro, George C

(1940-2008) US author who began to write detective stories in the late 1960s, sometimes as by David Cross, and who is of genre interest for the intermittent – but sometimes essential – sf elements in his Mongo sequence, about a dwarf former circus performer and professor of criminology (see Superheroes), whose real name is Robert Frederickson and who as Mongo the Magnificent runs a detective agency with his brother Garth, beginning with Shadow of a Broken Man (1977) and ending with ...

Rockwood, Roy

A House Name used on Juvenile Series published by several firms, including Cupples & Leon, The Mershon Company and George Sully, but all titles from 1906 onwards were generated by The Stratemeyer Syndicate; Edward Stratemeyer, as usual, provided outlines for his authors to work from, and probably wrote at least two of the early titles himself. The first Roy Rockwood series was the Deep Sea sequence of adventures, featuring sea monsters and the like and containing some sf content; gradually ...

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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