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Selznick, Brian

(1966-    ) US illustrator and author, in earlier years almost exclusively for younger children or Young Adult markets, and whose work as a whole is too complex and multi-sourced to fit easily into any specific mode; over all, though, his art and stories, combined or separately conceived, can be seen as exercises in Fantastika. His first book, for instance, The Houdini Box (graph 1992), Equipoisally hovers between fantasy and sf explanations of the nature of the box of ...

Unknown Island

US film (1948) Albert Jay Cohen Productions/Film Classics Inc. Produced by Albert J Cohen. Directed by Jack Bernard. Written by Robert T Shannon, Jack Harvey from an original story by Shannon. Cast includes Richard Denning, Virginia Grey, Barton MacLane and Phillip Reed (as Philip Reed). 76 minutes, cut to 75 minutes. Colour. / Adventurer Ted Osborne (Reed) convinces his fiance Carole Lane (Grey) to finance a search for a legendary Island in the South Pacific where Dinosaurs and other ...

Hillegas, Mark R

(1926-2000) US sf critic and professor of English who was based at Southern Illinois University. In 1961 he gave, at Colgate, one of the first university-level classes in sf in the USA (see SF in the Classroom). His academic study The Future as Nightmare: H G Wells and the Anti-Utopians (1967) deals mostly with writers of Dystopias like Karel Čapek, Aldous Huxley, C S Lewis, George Orwell and Yevgeny Zamiatin, his approach reflecting a period when they were primarily thought of and treated ...

White, Leslie T

(1903-1967) Canadian-born US screenwriter and author, initially a police detective in Los Angeles, an experience he used in his detective novels. Of the films in which he was involved, The Man They Could Not Hang (1939), for which he wrote the story, features a Mad Scientist who is resurrected – according to his instructions – after being hanged. Of his novels, 5,000 Trojan Horses (1943), set in World War Two, concerns a 5000-horse-power German bomber hidden in Canada whose engines ...

Osborne, Cary G

(?   -    ) US author of the Iroshi series of martial arts novels, beginning with Iroshi (1995), about a female warrior ghosted by an ancient mentor, and who is transported into an sf venue – that is, a planet which though it is not Earth is described in Dying Earth terms – where tropes from Military SF are intermixed with mythical suasions from her secret sharer. Her second series, the Deathweave sequence beginning with Deathweave (1998), differs ...

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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