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Snell, Edmund

(1889-1972) UK author, prolific between the Wars, specializing in thrillers (often with Oriental villains) and mysteries. The Yu-Chi Stone (1925) is a Lost Race adventure set in Borneo; The White Owl (1930), on the other hand, involves an ancient Toltec curse which is activated from an ancient temple and causes its victims to commit terrible crimes. Snell's sf normally focuses on Mad Scientists and their Inventions: in Blue Murder (1927) a flame-like Ray which disintegrates its victims; in The ...

Mills, Dorothy

(1889-1959) UK author of several travel books which record her adventurous life in Africa and South America, and of three books of sf interest: The Arms of the Sun (1924), a Lost World tale set in Africa, where a white woman (as was still usual in this category of fiction as late as 1924) is shown being worshipped by Blacks; The Dark Gods (1925), also set in an indefinably mysterious Africa; and Phoenix (1926), in which a foreigner (a Lebanese Mad Scientist who cannot control his sexual urges) ...


Film (1980). Marimark Productions. Written and directed by William Sachs. Executive producer Newton P Jacobs. Producer Marilyn J Tenser. Cast includes J D Hinton, Stephen Macht, Avery Schreiber and Dorothy Stratten. 95 minutes. Colour. / Low-budget, crudely humorous Space Opera. In the year 3008, the Intergalactic Federation Police Cruiser Infinity is sent on a mission to retrieve a powerful blue crystalline artefact, the Blue Star. The titular Galaxina is a sentient Robot with human ...

Anson, Captain

(1846-1905) UK author, in the Royal Navy 1859-1896. His Future War tale, The Great Anglo-American War of 1900 (1896 chap), warrants modest interest for the worldwide scope of the conflict and for the UK's destruction of San Francisco, which inspires an inventive American response (see Edisonade; Inventions) and the surrender of Canada. For verisimilitude, the tale should perhaps have been set several years further into the future. [JC]

Stewart, Ian

(1945-    ) UK mathematician, currently Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick; he was elected to the Royal Society in 2001. His sf novels Wheelers (2000) and Heaven (2004), together with the nonfiction The Collapse of Chaos: Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World (1994) and other popular-science works of sf interest, were written in collaboration with Jack Cohen – whom see for further discussion. The Wheelers series prequel Oracle (2021), opening on ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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