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Kellermann, Bernhard

(1879-1951) German author whose Near Future sf novel, Der Tunnel (1913; trans anon as The Tunnel 1915), describes the construction of a transatlantic tunnel (see Under the Sea) over a twenty-six year span; the future anticipated by Kellermann has no World War One. It was the basis of at least two German films, Der Tunnel (1915) directed by William Wauer (1866-1962), and Der Tunnel (1933) directed by Curtis Bernhardt (1899-1981), the latter being remade in the UK as The Tunnel (1935) directed by ...

Cars that Ate Paris, The

Film (1974). Salt Pan/Australian Film Development Corp/Royce Smeal. Written and directed by Peter Weir. Cast includes Terry Camilleri, John Meillon and Kevin Miles. 88 minutes. Colour. / From a director who later made several impressive fantasy films, including Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and The Last Wave (1977), both of which edge close to sf at points, The Cars That Ate Paris is an idiosyncratic exploitation movie about a small town in which young people drive murderously redesigned ...


By virtue of its nature, sf has one foot firmly set in each of C P Snow's "two cultures", and sf stories occasionally exhibit an exaggerated awareness of that divide. Charles L Harness's notable novella "The Rose" (March 1953 Authentic) takes the reconciliation of an assumed antagonism between art and science as its theme, the author adopting the view that the emotional richness of art is necessary to temper and redeem the cold objectivity of science: at its climax, the harsh equations of ...

MacCloud, Malcolm

(?   -    ) US author of two sf juveniles for Young Adult readers. The Tera Beyond (1981) is a thriller set on the planet Tera, where a student makes the Discovery, at the risk of his freedom, that microbes are inherently dual in nature, suggesting the existence of Parallel Worlds. Rather similarly, though less plausibly, A Gift of Mirrorvax (1981) contrasts the oppressively Dystopian planet Vax with its Counter-Earth Mirrorvax, in which a pacifist ...

Flackes, B

Working name of Irish author William David Flackes (1921-1993), who spent much of his career as a journalist reporting on Irish matters; he received the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1981. His sf was an early sideline, and not of much interest. It includes (almost certainly) two Space Operas as by Clem Macartney: Ten Years to Oblivion (1951) and Dark Side of Venus (1951), and, under his own name, Duel in Nightmare Worlds (1952). [JC]

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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