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Uhlemann, Max

(?   -1862) German Egyptologist and author, known for his work on the Rosetta Stone; of sf interest is Drei Tage in Memphis [for full title and transcription see Checklist] (1856; trans anon as Three Days in Memphis; Or, Sketches of the Public and Private Life of the Old Egyptians 1858), an educational tale whose protagonists are conveyed to ancient Memphis by Time Travel. [JC]


Film (2009). Icon Entertainment International/Framestore/UK Film Council in association with The Pacific Film and Television Commission present a Dan Films/Pictures in Paradise production. Written and directed by Christopher Smith. Cast includes Rachael Carpani, Michael Dorman, Melissa George, Liam Hemsworth, Emma Lung and Henry Nixon. 96 minutes. Colour. / A young mother of an autistic son takes a day off to go sailing with five companions in the Bermuda Triangle, but a freak storm traps ...


One of the oldest and once most commonly used items of sf Terminology. Early hack writers, casting around for ways of making the future seem more different and exciting than the present, generally hit upon the vidphone before anything else – though Hugo Gernsback in Ralph 124C 41+: A Romance of the Year 2660 (April 1911-March 1912 Modern Electrics; exp as fixup 1925; rev 1950) called it the Telephot. It was long one of sf's many futuristic Clichés. In the 1979 edition of this ...

Fire in the Sky

Film (1993). Paramount. Directed by Robert Lieberman, screenplay Tracy Torme based on The Walton Experience by Travis Walton. Cast includes James Garner, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer and D B Sweeney. 109 minutes. Colour. / Based on a supposedly nonfictional account of the abduction by Aliens of one member of a six-man forest-clearing team in Arizona, the film concentrates on local suspicions that the other five may have murdered him, and the inability of anyone to believe their fantastic ...


1. Australian magazine, Summer 1985/6 to Summer 1986/7, five issues, edited by Peter McNamara (1947-2004) from Adelaide, A4-size, quarterly on coated stock. One of many short-lived, quixotic Australian attempts to produce a viable professional sf magazine, Aphelion soon failed, but honourably. Good stories by George Turner, Greg Egan, Rosaleen Love and, most often, Terry Dowling, were among the better work published in an uneven magazine. Dowling won the Ditmar Award for both "The Man Who Lost ...

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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