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Volney, M

(1757-1820) French philosopher, traveller and author; he adopted the name Volney, a contraction of Voltaire and Ferney (a French commune), which became his title. After initial travels to the Middle East, and the publication of books describing his responses, he deepened his contemplation of the world in Les Ruines, ou méditation sur les révolutions des empires (1791; trans anon as The Ruins; Or, a Survey of the Revolutions of Empires 1792) (for further translations see Checklist ...

Stephens, Christopher P

(1943-    ) US book-dealer, publisher and bibliographer, founder in 1987 of Ultramarine Publishing Co, Inc, a Small Press whose fiction output has concentrated on releasing trade publisher's printed sheets in fine bindings. As a bibliographer from 1987 to 1992 he compiled Ultramarine checklists – some with revised/updated editions – on several authors, including James P Blaylock (with Tom Joyce), Samuel R Delany, Philip K Dick, Thomas M Disch, K W Jeter (with Tom ...

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Film (1982). Universal. Directed and coproduced by Steven Spielberg. Written by Melissa Mathison. Cast includes Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Robert McNaughton, Henry Thomas and Dee Wallace. 115 minutes. Colour. / 10-year-old Elliott (Thomas) meets an alien, "E.T.", who has been accidentally left outside Los Angeles when his spacecraft and its crew – which we infer includes his parents – is forced to depart rapidly to avoid a search party sent out by a human task force. Elliott ...

Maltese, William

Primary pseudonym of US author William J Lambert Jr (1944-    ), most of whose work is erotica, some gay, some hetero; two of these are sf: the Tlen series comprising g Five Roads to Tlen (1970) and The Gods of Tlen (1970), both as William J Lambert, III, and Bond-Shattering (2005), the latter being a Space Opera in which relations between species are governed by a compelling aphrodisiac. The Crystal of Power sequence comprising The Crystal of Power (1980) as by Adriana ...

Morris, Jan

(1926-2020) UK travel writer and historian, from just after World War Two until the mid-1970s as James Morris; A Venetian Bestiary (1982) is fantasticated within its conventional frame, but she is of genuine sf interest for Last Letters from Hav (1985; exp vt as coll, Hav 2006). In the 1985 iteration, a travel writer named Morris sojourns in the vastly intricate Middle Eastern peninsula and City called Hav, a Zone safely insulated behind a great escarpment or Polder [see The Encyclopedia of ...

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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