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Nuclear Energy

The claim that sf is a realistic, extrapolative literature is often supported by the citing of successful Predictions, among which atomic power and the atom bomb are usually given pride of place. When the news of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was released in 1945, John W Campbell Jr, editor of Astounding Science-Fiction, was exultant, claiming that now sf would have to be taken seriously. Campbell was entitled to congratulate himself: it was largely due to his editorial influence that ...

MacMillan, Ian

(?   -    ) US author of Blakely's Ark (1981), an sf Disaster novel in which a virus Pandemic decimates humanity. [JC]

Millet, F D

(1846-1912) US painter, sculptor, journalist and author whose Capillary Crime and Other Stories (coll 1892) contains several mystery tales with sf explanations. He was one of four authors of sf – the others are John Jacob Astor, Jacques Futrelle and W T Stead – who went down with the Titanic. [JC]


Film (1984). Bella Productions/Zupnik-Curtis Enterprises. Directed by Joseph Ruben. Written by David Loughery, Chuck Russell, Ruben, based on a story by Loughery. Cast includes Eddie Albert, Kate Capshaw, David Patrick Kelly, Christopher Plummer, Dennis Quaid and Max Von Sydow. 99 minutes. Colour. / A gambler with psychic powers (Quaid) is persuaded to take part in experiments in "dreamlinking" at a research centre. He learns how to enter other people's dreams and interact with them. There ...

Fifield, Mrs James

Married name of US author Effie W Merriman (1856-?   ), who published several books under her own name, and Rejuvenated (1928) as by Mrs James Fifield, in which a seventy-year old man through a process of Rejuvenation becomes thirty again, to comic effect. [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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