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Tempest, John

Pseudonym of US author Julian Spillsbury (?   -    ) for Vision of the Hunter (1989), a Young Adult Prehistoric SF tale set in Northern Europe; the young culture-hero protagonist is responsible for the Invention of agriculture. [JC]

Big Meat Eater

Film (1982). BCD Entertainment. Director Chris Windsor. Written by Windsor, Laurence Keane. Cast includes George Dawson, Andrew Gillies, Big Miller and Howard Taylor. 82 minutes. Colour. / This Canadian musical pastiche of sf and horror films – a sort of designer midnight movie about an Invasion by two Aliens of a small town in the 1950s – waves its low budget like a flag and, despite incoherences, is cheerfully enjoyable. The aliens are played by toy robots. The plot, which ...

Miral, Léon

Pseudonym of French journalist, playwright and author Ernest Jacob (1858-1942); with A Viger (whom see for publishing details), he published some sf tales in Le Petit Parisien, a journal for which he had worked at some point; these tales were signed either as by L Miral and A Viger or as by Miral-Viger. [JC]


Thomas Carnacki is an early fictional Occult Detective [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], who, unlike most such investigators, uses scientific means to investigate hauntings. He was created by William Hope Hodgson with five Club Stories that ran in The Idler in 1910, plus a sixth in New Magazine in 1912, all collected as Carnacki the Ghost-Finder (coll 1913; exp 1947). An additional three stories appeared posthumously and all nine were collected in 1947, also as Carnacki the ...

Frank, Pat

Pseudonym of US journalist and author Harry Hart Frank (1907-1964) who served as a government official during World War Two, later serving with the UN. Though his three sf novels are well known within the field, Frank was not generally identified as an sf author. His first novel, Mr Adam (1946), exploits the fears of contamination felt in the USA after Hiroshima. All men but one are sterilized by a nuclear Disaster; the experiences of the sole fertile male are rather feebly rendered as comical, ...

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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