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Agnew, Ewan

(1893-1930) UK politician and playwright who was in active service during World War One, and who may have been blackballed from The Reform Club by E M Forster, but seems otherwise unnoted. In his sf play, The Shingling of Jupiter: A Fantastic Play for Serious People in Three Acts (1924 chap), Major Smith, a Mysterious Stranger from the eponymous planet who is on a spying mission to Earth, upsets a segment of English society; but the heroine of the piece, after going there, finds life on Jupiter ...

Evans, Richard

(1950-1996) UK sf editor for various London publishers: Futura – where he launched the Orbit sf imprint – in the 1970s, Hutchinson/Arrow until 1983, and finally Gollancz, where he remained a senior editor until his death. At Arrow he edited, anonymously, two sf anthologies for the children's imprint Sparrow: Peter Davison's Book of Alien Monsters (anth 1982) and Peter Davison's Book of Alien Planets (anth 1983). The stories were supposedly chosen by Peter Davison, then playing the ...

Turenne, Raymond

Working name of French diplomat, banker and author Raymond Auzias-Turenne (1861-1940), in Canada from 1890; he also wrote as by Amès Sémiré. Of sf interest is Le dernier mamouth (1904 as Raymond Auzias de Turenne; trans as The Last of the Mammoths 1907), in which the eponymous survivor is hunted down in its despoiled Lost World. [JC]

Gerritsen, Tess

(1953-    ) US physician and later author who has become very well known for her medical thrillers, most of which thrust at the edge of the fantastic; of most sf interest, perhaps (see Medicine), are Bloodstream (1988), in which a parasite seemingly native to a lake causes the humans it invades to act violently; and Gravity (1999), which is set on a Space Station infected with a plague originating in micro-organisms found in a meteor. [JC]


Film (1989). Pheasantry Films in association with Allied Vision, The Picture Property Company. Coproduced by Philippe Mora, Whitley Strieber and Dan Allingham. Directed by Mora. Written by Strieber based on his own book Communion: A True Story (1987). Cast includes Joel Carlson, Lindsay Crouse, Terri Hanauer, Andreas Katsulas, Frances Sternhagen and Christopher Walken. 101 minutes. Colour. / This interesting film which tells of the abduction by Aliens of fantasy writer Whitley Strieber has ...

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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