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Woods, Margaret L

(1856-1945) UK poet and author, of some sf interest for The Invader (1907) a tale involving enforced Identity Transfer; the invading personality eventually destroys the tame protagonist through marriage-destroying wild behaviour. Come Unto These Yellow Sands (1915) is Fantasy. [JC]

Bower, B M

Pseudonym of US author Bertha Muzzy Bower Sinclair (1871-1940), who specialized in Westerns like Chip of the Flying U (1906); her one novel of sf interest, The Adam Chasers (1927), places an archaeologist – an "Adam chaser" – in Nevada, where hieroglyphics are found, along with the remains of eight-foot-tall men, all suggesting that Homo sapiens originated in the American West (see ...

Mitchison, G R

(1894-1970) UK politician, lawyer and author, usually known as Dick Mitchison, married to Naomi Mitchison. He is of sf interest for a Near Future Utopia, The First Workers' Government; Or, New Times for Henry Dubb (1934), which treats the ascent of socialism with favour. Connected thematically with this was the slightly earlier ...

Hauser's Memory

Made-for-tv film (1970). Universal/NBC TV. Directed by Boris Sagal. Written by Adrian Spies, based on Hauser's Memory (1968) by Curt Siodmak. Cast includes David McCallum, Leslie Nielsen, Lilli Palmer, Susan Strasberg and Robert Webber. 100 minutes. Colour. / Siodmak's 1968 novel is an updated but equally absurd variation on the theme of his novel Donovan's Brain (1943), which was filmed three times (see ...

Sanders, Robert S, Jr

(?   -    ) US author of the Young Adult Galactic Salesman sequence, comprising Mission of the Galactic Salesman (1996), Mission Beyond the Ice Cave: Atlantis-Mexico-Zotola (1999) and Heritage Findings from Atlantis (2000), in which an Alien visits earth on a mission to connect our planet with galactic Communications ...

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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