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Patchett, M E

(1897-1989) Australian author, long resident in the UK, whose dated but competent Children's SF novels include Kidnappers of Space (1953; vt Space Captives of the Golden Men 1953), a modestly told Space Opera; Adam Troy, Astroman (1954), whose hero protagonist, on assignment to colonize Mars, leaves Earth, which is about to be devastated by an asteroid, but returns to deal with the Monsters released from Underground by the great Disaster; Lost on Venus: The Thrilling Story of Two Boys Who Land ...

F.P.1 Antwortet Nicht

Film (1932). UFA. Directed by Karl Hartl. Written by Walter Reisch, Kurt Siodmak, based on F.P.1 Antwortet Nicht (1932) by Siodmak. Cast includes Hans Albers, Paul Hartmann, Peter Lorre and Sybille Schmitz. 111 minutes. Black and white. / F.P.1 has been described as being in the tradition of Metropolis (1926) and Die Frau im Mond (1929), but Karl Hartl was no Fritz Lang. It is a slow-moving film about the construction of a giant floating runway (Flugzeug Platform 1) to be moored in ...

House of Hammer, The

UK small Bedsheet-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Published first by G D B Limited, then Top Sellers Limited. Editor: Dez Skinn. 24 issues, 1976 to 1978. / The best-selling UK Monster Movies magazine of its day, The House of Hammer was attractively produced, with Brian Lewis covers for most of Volume One; further featured artists were Brian Bolland and John Bolton. Other contributors included John Brosnan, Ramsey Campbell, Alan Frank and Dennis Gifford. The publication naturally ...

Arnyvelde, André

Pseudonym of French journalist, playwright and author André Lévy (1881-1942), his nom de plume being an anagram; in active service during World War One, deported as a Jew to a concentration camp and murdered during World War Two. His works of interest as examples of early twentieth century Fantastika convey their visions of Utopia through an unusually intimate diction. Le Roi du Galande ["The King of Galande"] (1910) is a Fantastic Voyage whose protagonist, after leaving his ...

McDowall, Alistair

(1987-    ) UK playwright whose plays tend to incorporate elements of Fantastika into plots often set in North-East England, with an effect of gonzo spoofery. Brilliant Adventures (performed May 2013 Royal Exchange, Manchester; 2013 chap) uses the device of a Time Machine to generate farcical encounters now and in the Near Future; Captain Amazing (August 2013 Northern Stage at St Stephens, Edinburgh; 2014 chap), structured as a monologue, traces the self-creation of a ...

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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