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Shumway, Harry Irving

(1883-1974) US author whose The Wonderful Voyages of Cap'n Pen (coll 1929) comprises a set of tales told within a Club Story setting, and clearly fantasticated. "The Voyage of the Good Ship Luna" ostensibly carries the Captain to the Moon by Rocket, but a misfire may make this outcome doubtful. Most of the tales are nautical. [JC]

Clinton, George

(?1940-    ) US funk musician, famous for his two connected groups, Parliament and Funkadelic. Many of the musicians from these collectives played on albums released under Clinton's name as solo albums. Computer Games (1982) has been especially heavily sampled by subsequent hip-hop and funk acts (the track "Atomic Dog" in particular); and the title track of You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish (1983) refers, in characteristically goofy-cool style, to nuclear war (the "fish" refers ...


Miniature models based Wargame (2002). WizKids. Designed by Jordan Weisman, Seth Johnson. / HeroClix is a Collectible Miniatures Game based on Superhero Comics. Players purchase prepainted figures and then assemble teams with which to act out superpowered battles on printed maps. The figures are ingeniously designed, using a dial in the base of each character which is turned (or "clicked") to indicate damage taken, automatically changing the combat statistics displayed. The game mechanics ...

Johnson, Edgar

(1912-1990) US ceramic artist and author, for whose works of sf interest in collaboration with his wife Annabel Johnson, see her entry. Johnson should not to be confused with Edgar Johnson (1901-1972), an earlier novelist. [JC]

d'Esme, Jean

Working name of China-born author Jean D'Esmenard (1893-1966), in France from an early age; not to be confused with the painter Jacques Boullaire (1893-1976), who also worked as Jean d'Esme. Les dieux rouges (1923; trans Moreby Acklom as The Red Gods: A Romance 1924) is a Lost World tale of some complexity, and considerable grimness, set in mountain fastnesses to the north of Indo-China (probably present-day Laos), frame-narrated by a colleague of the protagonist, who – after giving his ...

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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