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Stevens-Arce, James

(1945-    ) James Stevens-Arce, is perhaps the first Puerto Rican to publish sf, and the most prolific. Stevens-Arce has dedicated his life to textual creation, by writing screen-plays, commercials, short stories or novels; and in diverse genres: crime, fantasy, horror, sf, realism. He has mostly published in English, and has lived most of his life between the mainland and San Juan de Puerto Rico. Up to 1990 he used the shortened working name James A Stevens. / ...

Flying Disc Man from Mars

Serial Film (1950; cut vt Missile Monsters 1958). Republic Studios. Produced by Franklin Andreon. Directed by Fred C Brannon. Screenplay by Ronald Davidson. Cast includes Lois Collier, James Craven, Gegory Gaye (credited as Gregory Gay) and Walter Reed. Serial version in twelve instalments, total 167 minutes. Feature version 75 minutes. Black and white. / Pilot Kent Fowler (Reed), armed with an experimental Ray Gun developed by Dr Bryant (Craven), shoots down an unknown craft which proves ...

Sarti, Ron

(?   -    ) US academic and author of The Chronicles of Scar sequence, comprising The Chronicles of Scar (1996), Legacy of the Ancients (1997) and The Lanterns of God (1998); set in a balkanized Ruined Earth version of America, the tale is constructed along lines familiar in contemporary fantasy, for the young protagonist, the eponymous Scar, is a Hidden Monarch (see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below). The first volume can also be read as an ...

Skoggard, Bruno

(1921-1978) Swedish-born pilot, advertising executive and author, in USA from childhood, though his World War Two military service was with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Of sf interest is The Pentagon Tapes (1976), a Near Future thriller set in Washington. [JC]

Yeats, William Butler

(1865-1939) Irish playwright and poet, one of the two or three most significant twentieth century poets to write in English, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1923. Unlike his close contemporary Wyndham Lewis, he was relatively immune to the kind of early twentieth century modernism sympathetic to pre-World War One Futurist epiphanies of the Machine (see Filippo Tommaso Marinetti), nor was he visibly influenced by the milder 1930s Futurism that marked the early work of a later poet like W H Auden. ...

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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