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Little Green Men

Jocular item of Terminology, seemingly derived from its use to describe fairies but more widely employed in sf to denote generic Aliens – most often from Mars, as widely popularized in 1940s and 1950s newspaper stories about UFOs. The titular phrase is repeated many times in the poem "The Little Green Man: A German Story" (1801) by Matthew Lewis [see The ...

Altruism

Everyone is familiar with C P Snow's 1959 lecture on "The Two Cultures", incorporated into Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution (1959), wherein he expressed alarm over the perceived separation of the communities of the sciences and the humanities; but few have noted his stated reason for the called-for reconciliation of the two divided communities: the need to address the growing divide between the rich nations and the poor nations of the ...

Colvin, James

House Name used primarily by Michael Moorcock for book reviews and stories in New Worlds, and for one independent collection of stories: The Deep Fix (coll 1966), which led to the band name Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix. The name was occasionally used by other contributors for book reviews. Eventually Moorcock reported ...

Moody, Rick

(1961-    ) US author whose novels, beginning with Garden State (1992), tend to focus on the travails of survival in late twentieth-century urban America, the best known of these tales being The Ice Storm (1994). Two of the three novellas assembled in Right Livelihoods: Three Novellas (coll 2007) edge close to the fantastic; the third, "The Albertine Notes" (in McSweeney's Mammoth Treasure of Thrilling Tales, anth 2003, ...

Chadwick, Philip George

(1893-1955) UK author, an insurance broker's clerk at the time of World War One, during which he served with the 2nd Artists Rifles. His only novel, The Death Guard (1939), made little impact at the time of publication: almost certainly most of the first edition was blitzed during the destruction of Paternoster Row around midnight 29-30 December 1940 in what came to be known as the Second Great Fire of London, and the book was therefore virtually ...

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. ...



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