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Simms, William A

(?   -    ) US musician and author whose first novel, Zuro!: A Tale of Alien Avengers (1996), is sf, based on the off-planet origin of Homo sapiens, whites from the planet Cyripton and Blacks from Zuro. An Alien delegation from Zuro, shocked by the disparity between the races (see Race in SF), finds that it must impose equality by force. [JC]

Burroughs, Edgar Rice

(1875-1950) US author whose early life was marked by numerous false starts and failures – at the time he started writing, aged 36, he was a pencil-sharpener salesman – but it would seem that the impulse to create psychically charged Science-Fantasy environments was deep-set and powerful, for he began with a great rush of energy, and within two years had initiated three of his four most important series. / Certainly the first of his published works has ever since its first ...

Tunnel, Der

Film (1933). Vandor Film/Bavaria Film. Directed by Kurt Bernhardt. Written by Bernhardt, Reinhart Steinbicker, based on Der Tunnel (1913; trans 1915) by Bernhard Kellermann. Cast includes Elga Brink, Gustaf Gründgens, Paul Hartmann, Attila Hörbiger and Olly von Flint. 80 minutes (French version 73 minutes). Black and white. / This ambitious German film tells of a Near-Future attempt by German engineers, imbued with nationalist fervour, to drill a tunnel under the Atlantic. A ...

Howrey, Meg

(?   -    ) US dancer and author whose first works of genre interest, the City of Dark Magic fantasy sequence beginning with City of Dark Magic (2012), was written as by Magnus Flyte in collaboration with Christina Lynch. She is of sf interest for The Wanderers (2017), a Near Future narrative whose protagonist, a female astronaut, finds life on Earth desolatingly hard at a time when Climate Change increasingly devastates the planet. She is offered a chance to ...

Harris, Anne

(1964-    ) US author who also writes as by Pearl North and who began publishing work of genre interest with "Change Is A Dog" in Nova Express for Winter 1991. Her first novel, The Nature of Smoke (1996), is a Near Future tale that fairly effectively weaves together drugs and apprehensions of chaos as the world becomes increasingly incomprehensible. In Accidental Creatures (1998), which is set in an oppressed Detroit, a batch of Androids is created through corporate Genetic ...

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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