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Macowan, Norman

(1877-1961) UK actor and playwright, whose Near Future play, Glorious Morning: A Play in Three Acts (1938 chap), is set in the Graustarkian (see George Barr McCutcheon; Ruritania) state of Zagnira, where a Joan of Arc figure foments revolution. [JC]

Trimble, Bjo

Esperanto-based "fan name" of Betty JoAnne Conway Trimble (1933-    ), used for all her written work. She was long active in Fandom since attending the 1952 Worldcon; she worked on various Los Angeles SF Society Fanzines including De Profundis and Shangri L'Affaires, organized Convention masquerades and in 1960 established the convention Art Show in its modern form. She was an occasional contributor to Locus. As an artist signing herself Bjo, she published black-and-white ...

Franklin, K D

Probable pseudonym of UK chemist, teacher and author A A Haslam (1929-    ); his only sf publication, The Worlds of Sector P (1979), is a Space Opera whose protagonist, in his quest for a lost Spaceship and its crew, lands upon a planet where a range of AIs have manifested themselves in various forms, some of them in Robot bodies. [JC]


A common item of sf Terminology, denoting a planet in the galactic rim region (see Galactic Lens). Rimworlds are of importance in John Brunner's Interstellar Empire sequence and provide the various settings of A Bertram Chandler's John Grimes/Rim World stories. Probably the most notable individual rimworld in sf is Terminus in the Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov, which is selected as the home of the eponymous Foundation because of its extreme remoteness from the core of Galactic Empire. ...

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Film (1953; vt Dr Jekyll and Mrs Hyde). Universal-International Pictures. Directed by Charles Lamont. Screenplay by Howard Dimsdale (uncredited), John Grant and Leo Loeb based loosely on Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) by Robert Louis Stevenson. Cast includes Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff, Eddie Parker (uncredited), Craig Stevens, Helen Westcott. 76 minutes. Black and white. / In late nineteenth-century London, inept US policemen Slim (Abbott) and Tubby (Costello) are ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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