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Fallaw, L M

(1908-1990) US author of whom little is known beyond his receipt of a 1929 English BA from Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina) and 1931 MA from Stanford University, California. His two-book Ugglians sequence, comprising The Ugglians (1956 chap) and Second Book of Ugg: The Ugglians at Large (1959), contains some fairly sharp sf Satire based on the arrival in America of Ugg the First from his African kingdom, intending to ...

Wizard of Mars, The

Film (1965; vt Horrors of the Red Planet). American General Pictures. Directed by David L Hewitt. Written by David L Hewitt, based on a story by Armando Busick and David L Hewitt inspired by the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L Frank Baum. Cast includes Eve Bernhardt, John Carradine, Roger Gentry, Vic McGee and Jerry Rannow. 85 minutes. / Four astronauts from Earth – Steve (Gentry), Doc (McGee), Charlie (Rannow), ...

Burtis, Thomson

(1896-1971) US author, several of whose stories were filmed; his novels are usually Young Adult tales involving derring-do in the air, the best-known probably being the Rex Lee sequence beginning with Rex Lee, Gypsy Flyer (1929), none of these titles venturing into the fantastic. Some of his short stories, like "Air Raiders" (February 1925 American Boy) or "Barrett of the Air Police" (January 1928 ...

Bird, William Henry Fleming

(1896-1971) UK art lecturer and author who published some magazine sf in the 1950s under his own name, and also as John Toucan and John Eagle. His debut story was "War Potential" (October 1952 Tales of Tomorrow) as by John Toucan, and the first under his own name was "Critical Age" (1953 Futuristic Science Stories #12). Later work was almost exclusively written for the firm of ...

Balscopo, Giovanni Battista

A pseudonym, possibly of the ostensible translator from the Italian of the manuscript of his Satire, John Trotter (1788-1852), though Trotter himself not been identified. In his preface to Travels in Phrenologasto (1825), he claims to have been given Balscopo's manuscript in Bavaria; it is a Fantastic Voyage via Balloon to the planet of Phrenologasto, in close orbit around Earth, whose ...

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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