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Spotswood, Christopher

(1813-1890) Indian-born author, in Australia from before 1848; the protagonist of his only known publication, Voyage of Will Rogers to the South Pole (1888 chap), while whaling in the South Seas, is dragged by a whale even farther southwards, into the heart of the Antarctic, where the climate is mild, and a Lost Race inhabits the fertile land of Bencolo. With no issues of scarcity to "civilize" them, they have created a mild-mannered Utopia run by clement magistrates. Rogers leaves without ...

Nathan, Robert

(1894-1985) US author who began publishing work with no fantastic interest as Richard Florance in The Smart Set from 1915, and responsible under his own name for forty-two novels beginning with Peter Kindred (1919). The Barly Fields (omni 1938) – which contains The Fiddler in Barly (1926), The Woodcutter's House (1927) – in which the phrase "little green man" (see Little Green Men) is used to describe a "small god" whose size depends on his number of worshippers – The Bishop's ...

Man and the Challenge, The

US tv series (1959-1960). ZIV Television Programmes for NBC-TV. Created by Ivan Tors. Produced by Tors. Associate Producer Andrew Marton. Directors included Richard Carlson, Alan Crosland Jr, Tom Gries, Otto Lang. Writers included Don Brinkley, Carlson, Gene Levitt, Arthur Weiss. Cast includes Jack Ging, Joyce Meadows and George Nader. 36 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / Dr Glen Barton (Nader) is a research Scientist working for the Institute of Human Factors agency along with Lynn ...

Miles, Charles A

(?   -    ) US author whose sf novel of Space Flight is Argosy: The Imaginary Memoirs of an Astronaut (1961). [JC/DRL]

Quatermass Experiment, The

UK tv serial (1953). BBC TV. Produced and directed by Rudolph Cartier. Written Nigel Kneale. Cast includes Ian Colin, Isabel Dean, Hugh Kelly, Duncan Lamont, Reginald Tate and Paul Whitsun-Jones. Six 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / Only two episodes of The Quatermass Experiment have survived, as in its very early days the BBC rarely filmed dramatic presentations, and for budget considerations ceased doing so in this instance for the remaining four episodes (with technical advances, ...

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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