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Leahy, John Martin

(1886-1967) American author and artist, apparently active only during the 1920s; except for his publications, little is known about his life except that he lived in the state of Washington. His longer works are one serialized sf novel that appeared in Science and Invention, "The Living Death" (October 1924-June 1925 Science and Invention), and two serialized novels, heavily influenced by H Rider Haggard, that were published in Weird Tales: "Draconda" (November 1923-May/June/July 1924 Weird ...

Wilson, Jesse

(?   -?   ) UK author of an anti-feminist Satire, When the Women Reign: 1930 (1909), whose protagonist awakes (see Sleeper Awakes) in Near Future 1930, where the disastrous consequences of allowing female suffrage (see Feminism; Women in SF) are all too evident; eventually, the men revolt, and the women, having learned their lesson, return happily to their domestic duties. Though its circulation was limited (the publisher Arthur H Stockwell was a vanity press) the ...

Carter, Justin L

(1880-1959) UK author who sometimes signed his books J L J Carter and sometimes as Compton Irving Carter. Two of his novels of are genre interest: Peggy the Aeronaut (1910), a Future War story which hints at a possible Pax Aeronautica; and Daughter of Egypt (1937) as by Compton Irving, about a revivified mummy in the twentieth century. [JC]

Terminator, The

Film (1984). Cinema '84/Pacific Western/Orion. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd. Directed by James Cameron. Written by Cameron, Hurd. Cast includes Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. 107 minutes. Colour. / In 2029 CE a vicious Future War between humans and Machines is raging. To ensure their victory, the machines send back a Cyborg Terminator (apparently human, with flesh and blood coating a metal armature and electronic implants) via Time Travel to Los Angeles (see ...

Petithuguenin, Jean Alexandre

Pseudonym of French translator and author J A de Saint Valry (1878-1939), who concentrated in his prolific career mostly on thrillers; his pseudonym was sometimes given as Petit-Huguenin. Titles of sf interest include Une mission internationale dans la Lune ["An International Mission to the Moon"] (first version appeared 1926 Journal Des Voyages; rev 1933), in which scientifically plausible Rockets are used to propel a Spaceship to the Moon, a tale quite likely inspired by advances in rocket ...

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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