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Monsarrat, Nicholas

(1910-1979), UK soldier, in active service 1940-1946, and author; his surname was misspelled on his birth certificate as "Montserrat", causing some later confusion; in Canada as a British information officer from 1953 to 1956, and intermittently after that date. He was best known for his novel, The Cruel Sea (1951), which became immensely popular. The first of the four volumes of his Signs of the Times series, The Time Before This (1962), which is sf, tells of the discovery of ancient artefacts ...

Wheeler, Thomas Gerald

(?   -    ) US physician and author whose Young Adult sf novel Lost Threshold (1968) is a very late Lost-World story, in which a secret Underground passage leads the hero through a portal or gateway to another world of uncertain location whose pre-industrial people have access to unlimited supplies of gold which they regard as almost worthless but which is coveted by unpleasant intruders. Loose Chippings (1968), for the same readership, is a borderline-sf tale ...

Morrissey, J L

(1905-1981) UK who began publishing thrillers in the 1930s and 1940s. His sf was restricted to the 1960s. City of the Hidden Eyes (1960) with Philip Levene was adapted from the latter's BBC Radio serial about Underground Monsters threatening the surface world. As Richard Saxon, Morrissey wrote several volumes of inconspicuous but not entirely negligible sf, including The Stars Came Down (1964), which is a Utopia, The Hour of the Phoenix (1964; 1965 US as by Henry Richards), Cosmic Crusade ...

Cinemacabre

Digest-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on slick paper. Publisher: George Stover. Editor: John E Parnum. Seven issues 1979 to 1988; no publication schedule listed, although issues were given quarterly cover dates. / This high-quality Semiprozine was an unofficial continuation of Stover's Fanzine Black Oracle, of which ten issues appeared from 1969 to 1979. Cinemacabre contained in-depth articles on film plus occasional items on books and Music. Films covered included Alien ...

Morrow Project, The

Role Playing Game (1980). Timeline Inc (TI). Designed by Kevin Dockery, Robert Sadler, Richard Tucholka. / The shadow of the World War Three that never came, a nuclear conflict between the USA and the Soviet Union, looms large over this game. The mechanics of all three editions – two from 1980 and one from 1983, all developed by TI – are highly detailed and emphasize realistic combat, reflecting the game's Survivalist influences. Its central premise is that a group 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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