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dos Santos, Carlos

(1962-    ) Teacher and author of, as far as we can establish, the first science fiction novel published in Mozambique. This is A Quinta Dimensão ["The Fifth Dimension"] (2006), published in Portuguese and reissued (again in Portuguese) in 2010. Both editions have coloured illustrations on the covers. This sf romance deals, as the title suggests, with the fifth Dimension. Here it provides a means of travel in an expanding universe, thus enabling communication with ...

Miller, Miranda

(1950-    ) UK author whose early work, like Under the Rainbow (1978), was published as by Miranda Hyman. Her sf Dystopia, Smiles and the Millennium (1987) as Miller, depicts a fiercely uncongenial Near-Future UK where class differences have hardened, the poor are downtrodden, and the Isle of Man has seceded; on the other hand, the protagonist of Nina in Utopia (2010), after Time Travel from nineteenth-century to twenty-first century London, discovers that the clean, ...

Oldmeadow, Ernest

(1867-1949) UK author whose 1930s Radio work sometimes verged on the fantastic, though the examples supplied in The Town To-Morrow: Five and Twenty Imaginary Broadcasts (coll 1937) as by Francis Downman do not seem to have been broadcast. His sf novel, The North Sea Bubble: A Fantasia (1906), set in 1910 after a German Invasion of England on Battle of Dorking lines, spoofs the conventions of the Future-War tale in a manner later amplified by P G Wodehouse in The Swoop! (1909). [JC]

Garth, Will

A House Name used in Thrilling Wonder Stories, Startling Stories and Captain Future 1937-1941 by Otto Binder, Edmond Hamilton, Henry Kuttner, Mort Weisinger and possibly others. The film novelization of Dr Cyclops, Dr Cyclops (1940) has been attributed to Kuttner, who confusingly wrote a Thrilling Wonder Stories short story of that title in the same year, and to Manly Wade Wellman, who wrote nothing that would plausibly link him to this tale – which was, almost certainly, written by ...


Made-for-tv film (1984). BBC-TV. Directed by Mick Jackson. Written by Barry Hines. Cast includes David Brierly, June Broughton, Reece Dinsdale, Karen Meagher, Henry Moxon and Sylvia Stoker. 115 minutes. Colour. / This BBC production, at once a UK equivalent of The Day After (1983) and an attempt to update the harrowing vision of Peter Watkins's The War Game (1965), is an impressive and persuasive account of a near-future World War Three nuclear attack on the UK, focusing on the fate of ...

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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