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Swedin, Eric G

(1965-    ) US author whose first novel, When Angels Wept: A What-If History of the Cuban Missile Crisis (2010), is an alternate world Future History of America from the Jonbar Point which engines it – America's failure to detect Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba sets off World War Three – and through the ...

McKesson, Charles L

(?   -?   ) US author of Under Pike's Peak; Or, Mahalma, Child of the Fire Father (1898), in which a Lost World is discovered Underground, in the caverns beneath Pike's Peak. The inhabitants are dwarfish but Telepathic, their queen, Mahalma child of the Fire Father, is a "normal" woman who gives her body to the protagonist's rival, in order to save her ...

Avon Comics

US Comics publisher, a division of Avon Books/Avon Periodicals Inc which published several sf and Horror titles between 1945 and 1955, when the imprint was discontinued. One title of some note was the anthology comic Strange Worlds, which saw eighteen issues on an irregular schedule from 1950 to 1952. This printed work by Alvin C Hollingsworth (1928-2000) – one of the first African-American ...


Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1984; vt Planet Busters; vt The World of the Talisman). Original title Bāsu. Idol, Kaname Production. Directed by Shinya Sadamitsu. Written by Junki Takegami. Voice cast includes Ichirō Nagai, Kaneto Shiozawa, Keiko Toda, Miina Tominaga and Kazuki Yao. 80 minutes. Colour. / With a galactic War ongoing between the Organics and Inorganics, space merchant Bao Luzen ...

Wyss, Johann David Von

(1743-1818) Swiss philosopher and author, of sf interest for Der Schweizerische Robinson (1812-1813; trans William Godwin as The Family Robinson Crusoe 1814) [for subtitles of original and trans see Checklist below], a nonfantastic tale which nevertheless – together with the tale which inspired it, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719) – served as a central model for sf tales of the ...

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. ...

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