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Thornton, John

(?   -?   ) UK author of A Voyage to Immanuel's Land [full title in Checklist below] (1826) anonymous, a Fantastic Voyage devoted to the promulgation of Christian doctrine, allegorized on the model of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress (1677-1684), not deftly. [JC]

Perce, Elbert

(1831-1869) US translator and author whose Proto SF novel, Gulliver Joi: His Three Voyages; Being an Account of his Marvelous Adventures in Kailoo, Hydrogenia and Ejario (1851), intriguingly utilizes the convention of the Fantastic Voyage to shift his tale back and forth among several narrative categories: genuinely speculative sf; mild-mannered Bildungsroman leading to marriage; interplanetary romance; the Lost Race tale; and a Myth of Origin story which foretells the narrator's magical ...

Riders to the Stars

Film (1954). Ivan Tors/United Artists. Directed by Richard Carlson. Written by Curt Siodmak. Cast includes Richard Carlson, Martha Hyer, William Lundigan and Herbert Marshall. 81 minutes. Colour. / Granted, the premise behind this film is absurd – that a safe passage through Earth's atmosphere requires some sort of mysterious coating, found only on meteors, requiring scientists to dispatch astronauts into space in order to scoop up meteors that can be examined to determine the nature ...

Walker, Samuel

Pseudonym of the US author (?   -?   ) of The Reign of Selfishness: A Story of Concentrated Wealth (1891; vt Dry Bread 1899), a Near Future tale in which a country-dominating trust collapses after the economy (see Economics) fails and a Pandemic afflicts the land; an idealistic business man takes over, ruralizes the country, introduces kindly forms of competion, regeneratingly. [JC]

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 convert the heathen to his own, self-created Religion. [JC]

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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