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Mills-Malet, Vincent

(?   -?   ) UK author in whose sf novel, The Meteoric Benson: A Romance of Actuality (1912), Benson uses his Invention of an aerostat (or helicopter) to frighten the Germans, and subsequently the entire world, into peace (see Pax Aeronautica), and gains the hand of the peer's daughter he loves. [JC]

Allan, Mea

(1909-1982) Scottish journalist – she was best-known as war correspondent and columnist for the Daily Herald – and author in whose Near Future novel, Change of Heart (1943), World War Two has been won by the Allies, but peace is threatened by a resurgence of Nazism. [JC]

Ehrmann, Max

(1872-1945) US lawyer and author, most famous for "Desiderata", a prose poem whose copyright was registered by Ehrmann on 3 January 1927 which sets down a range of homilies about living the good life; it was published in various formats (including many 1960s and 1970s posters, and a spoken recitation as "Spock Thoughts" on a 1968 album by Leonard Nimoy) and is often wrongly sourced to a seventeenth-century tombstone inscription or Latin text. Of sf interest is Ehrmann's A Fearsome Riddle ...

Abbott and Costello Go to Mars

Film (1953; vt On to Mars). Universal Studios. Directed by Charles Lamont. Written by D D Beauchamp and John Grant, based on a story by D D Beauchamp and Howard Christie. Cast includes Bud Abbott, Mari Blanchard, Lou Costello, Martha Hyer, Joe Kirk, Jack Kruschen and Robert Paige. 77 minutes. Black and white. / Two menial labourers, Orville (Costello) and Lester (Abbott), are inadvertently launched in a Spaceship and land near New Orleans; they exit wearing spacesuits because they think ...

Spencer, Colin

(1933-    ) UK painter and author, active in the latter capacity from 1955, his short stories and novels almost never edging into the fantastic. Of sf interest is Asylum (1966), a Satire set in very Near Future Britain seen in Absurdist SF terms as exactly an asylum, one in which – in a manner similar to the Theatre of the Absurd – extravagant behaviours are staged, and theatricals ritually enacted, including a tri-annual Wild Hunt [see The Encyclopedia of ...

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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