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Green, Robert

(?1935-    ) Canadian author and musician whose The Great Leap Backward (1968) depicts a future where Computers have taken over the cities, leaving the countryside in a natural state. [JC]

Robot Monster

Film (1953; vt Monsters from Mars). Three Dimension Pictures. Directed by Phil Tucker. Written by Wyott Ordung. Cast includes Claudia Barrett, George Barrows, John Brown, Gregory Moffett, John Mylong, George Nader, Pamela Paulson and Selena Royle. 66 minutes. Black and white. / A boy named Johnny (Moffett) wearing a space helmet with air tubes is playing with a girl named Carla (Paulson), who wants to play house instead, but it soon transpires that they, and the human race, are in a ...

Gathorne-Hardy, Jonathan

(1933-2019) Scottish author who also worked in advertising and publishing; he was best known for biographies and works of social history. His many books include some of genre interest, such as Chameleon (1967), a fantasy about a Shapeshifting executive in an oil company, The Centre of the Universe Is 18 Baedekerstrasse (coll 1985), the title novella of which is sf, and Particle Theory: A Novel (1996), a surreal metaphysical discourse set in a variety of Parallel Worlds. The Jane's Adventures ...

Hyperion Press

US publisher based in Westport, Connecticut. Hyperion Press's relevance to sf is through its photographically reproduced reprint series, Classics of Science Fiction; Hyperion was the first publisher to undertake such a series, preceding Arno Press, Garland and Gregg Press. The series editor was Sam Moskowitz, who also provided introductions to many of the volumes; the books selected were primarily drawn from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The first series, published 1974, ...

Nojiri Hōsuke

(1961-    ) Japanese author, former CAD programmer and game designer, whose early career comprised Ties to the play-by-mail and later Role-Playing Game Creguian. His follow-up, Rocket Girls, chronicled the activities of a space agency launching from the Solomon Islands. The Anime world soon seized upon the attractive potential of his all-female cast (to save payload weight, apparently), leading to the animated series Rocket Girls (2007 WOWOW). / He won a Seiun Award for ...

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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