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Taine, John

Pseudonym for all his fiction of Scottish-born mathematician and author Eric Temple Bell (1883-1960), permanently in US from 1902; under his own name he wrote at least 250 papers and several studies in mathematical history and theory. Taine's first novels were Lost-World tales: The Purple Sapphire (1924), set in Tibet where an ancient race possesses the secret of atomic power; and The Gold Tooth (1927), set in Korea, where another ancient race is discovered, whose secret – the ...


Film (1963; vt Ein Toter Sucht seiner Mörder; vt The Brain). CCC/Stross/Governor. Directed by Freddie Francis. Written by Robert Stewart, Phil Mackie, based on Donovan's Brain (1943) by Curt Siodmak. Cast includes Anne Heywood, Bernard Lee, Cecil Parker and Peter Van Eyck. 83 minutes. Black and white. / This West German/UK coproduction is the third and least successful film version of Siodmak's novel: the others are The Lady and the Monster (1944) and Donovan's Brain (1953). This gory ...

Munsey's Magazine

US magazine published by Frank A Munsey and edited initially by John Kendrick Bangs for only six months and then by Richard H Titherington. It began on 2 February 1889 as Munsey's Weekly, but became a monthly as Munsey's Magazine from October 1891-October 1929, when it merged with Argosy All-Story Weekly (see The Argosy) to form two magazines, Argosy Weekly and All-Story Love Tales. It was Munsey's that revolutionized the popular magazine when, in October 1893, Munsey slashed the price from ...

Schwab, B Linn

(?   -    ) US author of Sentinels (2012), a Young Adult Space Opera focusing on its young protagonists' fraught experiences as they move from students to full participants (see Military SF) in a galactic war. The tale is the first volume in a projected series. [JC]

Gantz, Kenneth F

(1905-1996) US Air Force officer (Lt Colonel) and author, mostly of nonfiction such as Man in Space: The United States Air Force Program for Developing the Spacecraft Crew (1959); he edited The United States Air Force Report on the Ballistic Missile (anth 1958). His Near Future sf novel, Not in Solitude (1959; rev 1961), fictionalizes a first voyage to Mars, closely and vividly describing the dilemmas faced by the military-led travellers as key figures in the expedition mysteriously disappear; ...

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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