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MacKaye, Harold Steele

(1866-1928) French-born lawyer and author, in US from infancy, son of the playwright and theatrical impresario Steele MacKaye (1842-1894) and brother of the author Percy MacKaye (1875-1956). Of sf interest is his novel, The Panchronicon (1904), a Time-Travel story whimsically condescending about its provincial protagonists and their travels to the sixteenth century in a Time Machine left by a traveller from the twenty-sixth century, who had died of injuries and pneumonia. The machine operates ...

Brundage, Margaret

(1900-1976) US illustrator, resident in Chicago. Best-known for her erotic covers for Weird Tales, Brundage was apparently the first woman artist to work in the sf/Fantasy field, and the first of either sex whose covers for these magazines featured nudes. Her female subjects (see Women in SF) are generally described as damsels in distress; however, as they posed provocatively wearing little or no clothing, they did not always seem particularly distressed by their occult surroundings, and ...

Roshwald, Mordecai

(1921-2015) Polish-born academic and author, in Palestine/Israel 1934-1955, afterwards in the US. He is best known for his first sf novel, Level 7 (1959; text restored 2004), which is deeply coloured by political concern about our nuclear civilization. A military officer describes his feelings and duties from within a great Underground bomb shelter, 4000 feet below the world gradually being demolished above him as World War Three escalates. He is expected to activate the nuclear destruction of ...

Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department

Japanese Anime tv series (2022). Original title Kaijin Kaihatsubu no Kuroitsu-san; vt Kuroitsu-san in the Superhuman Research & Development Department. Quad. Based on the Manga by Hiroaki Mizusaki. Directed by Hisashi Saitō. Written by Katsuhiko Takayam. Voice cast includes Satomi Amano, Tetsu Inada, Kaori Maeda, M.A.O. (Mao Ichimichi), Takuma Terashima and Yūichirō Umehara. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Secret Society: Agastia, led by the Superpowered Lady Akashic ...

Boy and His Dog, A

Film (1975). LQJaf Productions. Directed L Q Jones. Written by Jones and Moore, based on "A Boy and His Dog" (April 1969 New Worlds) by Harlan Ellison, who began but found himself unable to complete the script. Cast includes Susanne Benton, Don Johnson, Tim McIntire (as the dog's voice), Alvy Moore and Jason Robards. 91 minutes. Colour. / Set in 2024 CE, Post-Holocaust, this brutally pragmatic film concerns two survivors, a young man and his dog; the latter has high intelligence and the ...

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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