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Witt, Otto

(1875-1923) Swedish mining engineer, publisher and author. Witt's father was an engineer at the copper mine in Falun; Witt followed in his footsteps, studying technology in Norrköping, then at Technische Universität Bergakademie in Freiberg, Germany. After working in Norway and Finland he returned to Sweden in 1912 to fulfil his other ambitions: to be an inventor and a writer. Although Witt had published some fiction before he turned to writing full-time, ...

Invaders from Mars

1. Film (1953). National Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by William Cameron Menzies. Written by Richard Blake (and John Tucker Battle, uncredited). Cast includes Helena Carter, Leif Erickson, Arthur Franz and Jimmy Hunt. 78 minutes (82 minutes in Europe). Colour. / A small, disturbing, curiously memorable film by the director of Things to Come (1936), made for children but capable of terrifying them. Through a little boy's ...

Addison, Hugh

Pseudonym used by UK journalist and author Harry Collinson Owen (1882-1956) for his Future War novel The Battle of London (1923), one of several contemporary works which warned of a communist revolution in the UK from a right-wing standpoint. It was given a slight twist by the inclusion of a seemingly advantageous German attack on London. But the protagonist has learned of the attack in advance, London has been evacuated, ...


In sf Terminology this is a word so often misused that its real meaning is in danger of being devalued or forgotten. / The term "cybernetics", derived from a Greek word meaning helmsman or controller, was coined by the distinguished mathematician Norbert Wiener in 1947 to describe a new science on which he and others had been working since 1942. The word first passed into general usage with the publication of his ...

Olander, Joseph D

(1939-    ) US academic and anthologist, all of whose work – amounting to at least forty titles – has been in collaboration with Martin Harry Greenberg (whom see for details), sometimes plus further collaborators. "Name" authors involved in team anthologies part-edited by Olander are Isaac Asimov, Damon Knight, Frederik ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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