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Horler, Sydney

(1888-1954) UK journalist – active from about 1905 – and author, most of whose 150 novels are thrillers, all of them published between 1916 and 1955. Some of these tales incorporate sf elements in the form of fantastic Inventions and/or McGuffins, as for instance in the early Curse of Doone (1928), in which a German spy impersonates a vampire who might in fact exist, while simultaneously an sf Invention – a Ray which causes planes to crash-land by stopping their engines by ...

Barnes, James

(1866-1936) US author, mostly on nautical themes for Young Adult readers, whose sf novel, The Unpardonable War (1904), is an Edisonade in which – after war between Britain and America has been incited because America wishes to free Ireland and to annex Canada – the scientific genius Westland, "the Wizard of Staten Island", invents a device which explodes the enemy's gunpowder. America then takes the lead in suppressing war everywhere. [JC]

Wormser, Richard

(1908-1977) US screenwriter and author who worked in various genres from the beginning of the 1930s. Under his own name and of some sf interest were Thief of Bagdad (1961) and The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah (1962), both film Ties, and Pan Satyrus (1963), featuring a chimpanzee in space. He is credited with something like seventeen Nick Carter tales (see Nick Carter), none of them apparently of sf interest. He wrote a tie to the Television series The Green Hornet (1966-1967): The Green ...

Asselineau, Charles

(1820-1874) French editor and author, perhaps best known for his association with Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), with whom he edited Les Poëtes français ["The French Poets"] (anth 1861-1863 4vols). He was influenced by the arguments of Emanuel Swedenborg to the effect that dreams had visionary substance, which Asselineau took as potentially authenticating dreams as giving glimpses into other times and places (see J W Dunne). "La seconde vie" (unknown magazine 1847) and "L'Enfer du ...

Girl with Something Extra, The

US tv series (1973-1974). Screen Gems Productions for NBC-TV. Created by Bernard Slade. Directors included Herman Hoffman, Richard Kinon. Writers included Slade, Lou Derman, Bill Dunn. Cast includes John Davidson, Sally Field, Terri Garr and Henry Jones. 22 30-minute episodes. Colour. / The Girl with Something Extra was a sitcom series featuring Field as Sally Burton, a young woman with powerful ESP abilities; this was her follow-up to the fantasy sitcom The Flying Nun (1967-1970). The ...

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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