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Cummins, Harle Oren

US author (1877-1937) who began selling stories to Pulp magazines and newspapers while studying mining engineering at MIT. Of those stories collected in Welsh Rarebit Tales (coll 1902) at least four, including "The Space Annihilator" (September 1901 Argosy as "Martin Bradley's Space Annihilator") and "The Man Who Made a Man" (December 1901 McClure's), have considerable sf interest. In the former story a Matter Transmitter is introduced. Some of his other tales are Fantasy, some showing the ...

Barfield, Owen

(1898-1997) UK author and philologist who served in World War One; his first book, The Silver Trumpet (1925), is Fantasy. He was long involved with the Anthroposophical philosophy of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). A member of the Inklings group and a long-time associate of C S Lewis, Barfield contributed to Essays Presented to Charles Williams (anth 1947), which Lewis had organized; he also dedicated The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950) to Barfield's daughter Lucy. As G A L Burgeon, ...

Davenport, Guy

(1927-2005) US academic, translator, poet and short-story author, active from around 1960, and as an author of fiction from around 1970; long a teacher at the University of Kentucky, known for his translations from the Greek, his poetry, his literary essays, collected primarily in The Geography of the Imagination (coll 1981) and Every Force Evolves a Form (coll 1987). He is perhaps best known, however, for the Fabulations assembled in Tatlin!: Six Stories (coll 1974), Da Vinci's Bicycle: Ten ...

Nippon Chinbotsu

1. Film (1973; vt The Submersion of Japan; vt Tidal Wave US). Directed by Shiro Moritani. Written by Shinobu Hashimoto, based on Nippon Chinbotsu (1973; cut trans as Japan Sinks 1976) by Sakyō Komatsu. Cast includes Hiroshi Fujioka, Ayumi Ishida, Keiju Kobayashi and Tetsuro Tamba. 140 minutes, cut to 110 minutes, then to 81 minutes. Colour. / This film is more sophisticated than the usual Japanese Disaster or Monster Movie, and involves natural rather than fantastic forces. Changes ...

Man in the White Suit, The

Film (1951). Ealing Studios. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick. Written by Roger MacDougall, John Dighton, Mackendrick, based on the play The Man in the White Suit by MacDougall. Cast includes Joan Greenwood, Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker and Ernest Thesiger. 85 minutes, cut to 81 minutes. Black and white. / A Scientist creates a monomolecular artificial fibre (see Monomolecular Wire) that neither wears out nor gets dirty. To prove it, he makes himself a shining white suit that retains its ...

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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