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Elliott, John

(1759-1834) UK author, imputed author (though he seems young for the task) of The Travels of Hildebrand Bowman ... (1778) as by Hildebrand Bowman, a Fantastic Voyage into various remote parts of the South Pacific, including Islands and Utopias, some in nether New Zealand; see Checklist for full title, which is thorough. It has been suggested in the magazine of the Captain Cook Society [see links below] that the true author may be either Robert Boyne Home (1713-1786) or his son Robert Home ...

2300 AD

Role Playing Game (1987). Game Designers' Workshop (GDW). Designed by Marc Miller, Timothy Brown, Lester Smith, Frank Chadwick. / 2300 AD is a loose sequel to GDW's Twilight: 2000, referred to as Traveller: 2300 in the first edition, but renamed for the much improved 1988 second edition to prevent confusion with Traveller (1977). Three hundred years after the nuclear war depicted in Twilight: 2000, Post-Holocaust Earth remains politically fragmented, dominated by the nation states that ...

Cleopatra in Space

US animated tv series (2019-current). DreamWorks Animation. Based on the graphic novels by Mike Maihack. Directors include Jayson Thiessen and Scooter Tidwell. Writers include Lindsay Kerns and Belinda King. Executive Producers include Doug Langdale. Voice cast includes Katie Crown, Jorge Diaz, Lilimar Hernandez, Jonathan Kite, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Kari Wahlgren. 26 21-minute episodes. Colour. / In ancient Egypt the teenaged Cleopatra VII (Hernandez), desiring adventure and unhappy with ...

Fisher, Steve

Working name of US naval officer and author Steven Gould Fisher (1912-1980) who also wrote as by Grant Lane; he wrote fairly widely for the Pulp magazines, including several stories for Doc Savage beginning with "Flame in the Wind" (February 1937 Doc Savage). Destroyer (1941) is a Future War tale, published just prior to the American entry into World War Two; here, the US declares war first, and naval battles focus on Panama and elsewhere. [JC]

Macpherson, Ian

(1905-1944) Scots author, farmer and broadcaster who is of genre interest for his last novel, Wild Harbour (1936), in which a devastating Future War – the expected World War Two – breaks out in 1944. The story centres on a married couple who flee to a cave in the hills of Speyside to escape the looming threat of bombs, Biological Weapons and Poison gas, a temporary escape which though intermittently idyllic cannot endure. Eventually the Post-Holocaust world closes in. [DRL]

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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