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Wurts, Janny

(1953-    ) American artist and author, married since 1989 to artist Don Maitz. In 1975, she graduated from Hampshire College with a BA in creative writing and illustration, apt preparation for the two activities that would define her career. Her first published artworks were interior illustrations for naturalist Daniel P Mannix's novel The Wolves of Paris (1978), which led to other assignments to illustrate wildlife; she has also ...

Operation Neptune

Juvenile tv series (1953). NBC-TV network. Directors unknown. Writers included Gen Genovese. Cast includes Harold Conklin, Humphrey Davis, Todd Griffin, Richard Holland, Rusty Lane and Margaret Stewart. Possibly twelve 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / US Navy Commander Bud Hollister (Griffin) and his friend Dink Saunders (Holland) fight various undersea menaces beginning with Kebeda (Conklin), ruler of a kingdom Under the Sea. Other opponents ...

Maxwell, Edward

Pseudonym of the Canadian author, playwright and scriptwriter Ted Allan (1916-1995), who was born Allan Herman and adopted this working name in the 1930s; he was in the UK approximately 1940-1970. The protagonist of his Time Travel tale, Quest for Pajaro (1957), travels twenty years into the future but, on his journey back, falls in love; doom threatens successfully. [JC]


This is the term, in both sf and popular culture, used to indicate sentient extraterrestrial beings – creatures from other worlds endowed with reason, consciousness, thought, Intelligence (the terms for and conceptions of this vital but slippery quality vary). Aliens may have minds somewhat less capable than ours, of comparable capacity, of greater (even vastly greater) power, or minds so different that comparison becomes impossible. They may appear as ...

Holmes, Clara H

(?   -?   ) US author whose collection, Floating Fancies Among the Weird and the Occult (coll 1898), contains a Lost Race tale, "Nordhung Nordjansen", whose sea-captain protagonist guides his ship to the North Pole, which is indeed a magnetic pole; from there, he is cast into a Hollow Earth as described by John Cleves Symmes, whose "mist being" ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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