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Cook, Canfield

(1899-1952) Canadian-born aviator and author, in US from early manhood (naturalized 1935), in active service with the Royal Flying Corps during World War One. He wrote almost exclusively on aviation matters, with a focus on the future of flying; he was most visible during World War Two, both for his involvement in documentaries and lectures about the war in the air, and for his Lucky Terrell Flying Stories, mostly devoted to military adventures in tales which, except for the age of the chums, ...

Rocketeer, The

Film (1991; vt The Adventures of the Rocketeer). Walt Disney (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Joe Johnston. Written by Danny Bilson, Paul DeMeo. Cast includes Alan Arkin, Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton and Paul Sorvino. 108 minutes. Colour. Based on The Rocketeer (1982-1995), a Comic created by Dave Stevens (1955-2008). / This enjoyable big-budget re-creation of the thrills of 1930s B-serials – more accurate but less popular than Steven Spielberg's Raiders ...

Space Precinct

Tv series (1994-1995). A Mentorn Films and Gerry Anderson Production. Directors include John Glen, Sidney Havers and Alan Birkinshaw. First episode written by Paul Mayhew-Archer. Cast includes Simone Bendix, Ted Shackleford and Rob Youngblood. Current. First episode October 1994; 24 one-hour episodes. / This syndicated series is apparently based on a singleton drama from some years back entitled Space Police, but the title was changed so as not to infringe the title copyright held by a toy ...

Lawrence, James Cooper

(1890-1932) US industrialist and author of The Year of Regeneration: An Improbable Fiction (1932), in which a man living in 1983 recounts the technological Inventions and Political innovations – perhaps uncomfortably fascist in their implications for current readers – that brought the world out of depression and into a state approaching Utopia. [JC]

O'Duffy, Eimar

(1893-1935) Irish dentist, political economist and author whose The Wasted Island (1919), though couched in apocalyptic tones, deals strictly with the historical Ireland during the years leading up to the Easter Uprising of 1916; Bricriu's Feast: A Comedy in Three Acts with an Epilogue (1919 chap), a play, is fantasy. O'Duffy moved to England in 1926, where he composed his best-known work, the mock-epic-Irish Cuanduine sequence comprising King Goshawk and the Birds (1926), The Spacious ...

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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