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Pseudonym of Indian-born soldier and author Martin L Gompertz (1886-1951), probably in UK from infancy. His adventure novels, usually set in remote regions of Asia and show very clearly the influence of H Rider Haggard; several are of sf interest, the best-known being perhaps the two novels making up the Harilek/Sakaeland sequence, Harilek: A Romance of Modern Central Asia (1923) and Wrexham's Romance: Being a Continuation of Harilek (1935), both assembled as Adventures in Sakaland: Comprising ...

Captain Future

US Pulp magazine, 17 issues Winter 1940 to Spring 1944, quarterly (missing Fall 1943). Published by Better Publications; edited by Leo Margulies with Mort Weisinger (1940-1941) and Oscar J Friend (1941-1944). A companion magazine to Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories, Captain Future was an attempt to establish a Space-Opera equivalent to the popular Superhero pulps (Doc Savage magazine and the like). Each issue ran a complete novel about tall, cheerful, red-headed Curt Newton, alias ...

Garnier, Charles-Georges-Thomas

(1746-1795) French barrister, translator and anthologist whose first work of significance seems to have been Cabinet des fées, ou collection de contes des fées et autre contes merveilleux ["The Fairy Cabinet, or Collection of Fairy Tales and Other Marvellous Tales"] (1785-1789 41 vols) with Charles J de Mayer (1751-1825). Of strong sf interest is his vast Anthology of (in the main) Fantastic Voyage tales, Voyages imaginaires, Songes, Visions, et Romans Cabalistiques ["Imaginary ...

Holford, Castello N

(1845-1905) US author of Aristopia: A Romance-History of the New World (1895), an Alternate History, a very early example of the form in English: the first white settlers in Virginia, having discovered an enormous deposit of gold, use their wealth to ensure the success of their colony, which they turn into a Utopia destined to take over America in the twentieth century. [JC]

Star Trek: Picard

US tv series (2020-current). CBS Television Studios, Roddenberry Entertainment, Secret Hideout. Created by Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon and Akiva Goldsman. Showrunner Michael Chabon. Directed by Doug Aarniokoski, Chabon, Hanelle M Culpepper, Jonathan Frakes, Akiva Goldsman and Maja Vrvilo. Written by Kirsten Beyer, Chabon, James Duff, Akiva Goldsman, Samantha Humphrey, Alex Kurtzman, Ayelet Waldman and Nick Zayas. Cast (four episodes or more) includes Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, Evan ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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