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Morgan, J M

Working name of US author Jill Meredith Morgan (1946-    ), most of work has been horror for Young Adult readers as by Morgan Fields, Jill Morgan and Jessica Pierce. The Spider's Child series as by Pierce, beginning with The Spider's Child: Volume 1: Trapped (1994), is an early example of the fruitful fantasy topos in which the protagonist is trapped within a book [for Book and Story see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Of sf interest is the Desert Eden ...

Royce, E R

(?   -    ) Author, perhaps pseudonymous, of whom nothing is known beyond his cover credit for the Curtis Warren sf novel Experiment in Telepathy (1954). In the second edition of this encyclopedia Royce was listed as a pseudonym of Denis Hughes, an attribution which has never been adequately confirmed. [DRL]

McConnochie, Mardi

(1971-    ) Australian author, partner of James Bradley; her first novel Coldwater (2001), written for adults, is nonfantastic, as is The Snow Queen (2004); she has also written fantasy for relatively young readers, She is of sf interest for the Young Adult Quest of the Sunfish sequence beginning with Escape to the Moon Islands (2017; vt The Flooded Earth 2018), set in a moderately distant Near Future Earth, some time after catastrophic flooding, due to Weather Control gone ...

Thrill Book

US magazine in the larger, saddle-stapled Dime-Novel format for eight issues, then as a standard Pulp magazine for the final eight issues. Sixteen issues, two per month, 1 March to 15 October 1919, published by Street & Smith; edited by Harold Hersey for volume one (1 March-15 June 1919) and Ronald Oliphant for volume two (1 July-15 October 1919). The legendarily rare Thrill Book is often cited as the first SF Magazine, but its initial eight issues contained no sf, but rather stories ...

Silent Village, The

Film (1943). Crown Film Unit, Czechoslovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Information. Directed and written by Humphrey Jennings. Cast drawn from the inhabitants of Cwmgiedd, South Wales. 36 minutes. Black and white. / The Silent Village is presented as a documentary, opening with a title card describing the World War Two atrocity committed by German forces in the mining town of Lidice, Czechoslovakia on 10 June 1942. In revenge for the assassination a week earlier of Reinhard ...

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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