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Fowler, George

(?   -?   ) US author – his identity is uncertain – of an early American example of Proto SF, A Flight to the Moon; or, The Vision of Randalthus (1813); though it is an angel which transports the protagonist to the Moon in what turns out to be a dream. Randalthus's observations are rationalist within that frame, and include speculations on Evolution and the death of the Sun, which he also visits. [JC]

Satchell, William

(1861-1942) UK-born farmer, publisher, journalist and author, in New Zealand from 1886; intermittently active as a poet and journalist from around 1880, sometimes as by Samuel Cliall White and other names not identified. Of his four novels, the least popular was The Elixir of Life (1907), an sf story in which Immortality is sought, and perhaps achieved, through the Invention of a disease-averting serum. [JC]

Green Eggs and Ham

US animated online tv series (2019). Netflix. Distantly based on the book by Dr Seuss. Created by Jared Stern. Directed by Lawrence Gong and Piero Piluso. Written by Vanessa McGee, Mark Rizzo, Jared Stern and John Whittington. Voice cast includes Dee Bradley Baker, Jillian Bell, Adam DeVine, Michael Douglas, Ilana Glazer, Eddie Izzard, Keegan-Michael Key, Diane Keaton and Jeffrey Wright. Thirteen 26-minute episodes. Colour. / Owing to a mix-up involving suitcases, dour failed inventor ...

Greenberg, Martin

(1918-2013) US publisher and anthologist, not to be confused with Martin H Greenberg, who was no relation. In 1948 he cofounded with David A Kyle and others Gnome Press, one of the small but important early publishers of Genre SF in hardcover format. Greenberg edited the Adventures in Science Fiction series of five anthologies for Gnome, comprising Men Against the Stars (anth 1950; cut 1951; differently cut vt 9 Stories from Men Against the Stars 1963), Travelers of Space (anth 1951), with ...

Assael, Samuel

(1920-1998) UK publisher, senior partner at John Spencer and Co, best known for its Badger Books imprint. With his fellow-publisher Maurice Nahum, Assael edited the four 1950s Spencer magazines given separate entries in this encyclopedia: Futuristic Science Stories (1950-1954) under the pseudonym John S Manning; Tales of Tomorrow (1950-1954) uncredited – of which Nahum co-edited only the second issue; Wonders of the Spaceways (1950-1954) uncredited; and Worlds of Fantasy (1950-1954) ...

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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