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Slocomb, Cora

(1862-1944) US author who became well known for her successful campaign to clear Maria Barbieri, an Italian immigrant woman, of an unsound conviction for first degree murder; Barbieri would have been the first woman to be judicially electrocuted; her case aroused widespread Feminist interest, though Slocomb herself was subject to death threats. Rather less gripping than these events, her novel, An American Idyll (1896; vt Ampharita: An American Idyll 1897), is a Lost Race tale set in the Sierra ...

Chester, William L

(1907-1971) US author whose various occupations included bank clerk, realtor and hospital administrator. He is known for his 1930s Blue Book magazine series about Kioga, a Tarzan-like white child raised on a vast Island Lost World within the Arctic Circle, somewhere in northern Siberia but heated by thermal springs and unknown currents, from which he escapes into the company of bears and Mika, a snow-lion: Hawk of the Wilderness (April-October 1935 Blue Book; 1936), filmed as Hawk of the ...

Nichols, Beverley

(1898-1983) UK author, perhaps best known for a series of nonfiction books about gardens and gardening. Of his fifty or so books, one of the most interesting is the ghostwritten autobiography – Melodies and Memories (1925) – of the most famous prima donna of the day, Nellie Melba, whom he had accompanied on tour for several years. He is of direct sf interest for a Near Future Dystopian "When the Crash Comes: A Play in Three Acts and a Prologue" (in Failures: Three Plays, coll 1933), ...

Bride of Frankenstein, The

1. Film (1935). Universal. Directed by James Whale. Written by John Balderston, William Hurlbut and R C Sherriff uncredited. Cast includes Colin Clive, E E Clive, Gavin Gordon, O P Heggie, Valerie Hobson, Boris Karloff (credited by surname only), Elsa Lanchester, Una O'Connor, Ernest Thesiger and Douglas Walton. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Some contemporary viewers felt that the horror and pathos of this sequel to Whale's 1931 Frankenstein were vitiated by the director's morbid sense of ...

Roberts, John Maddox

(1947-    ) US author, prolific in the later 1980s, who has also written nonfantastic novels as by Mark Ramsay. His first sf novel, The Strayed Sheep of Charun (1977; rev vt Cestus Dei 1983), is an action-packed romance set on a medievalized planet in which Jesuits and others attempt to reform the violence which is the planet's (and novel's) raison d'être. There followed a variety of work, all adventure fiction – whose style is perhaps best described as brisk ...

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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