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Crawling Hand, The

Film (1963). Joseph F Robertson Productions. Directed by Herbert L Strock. Written by Bill Idelson and Herbert L Strock, based on a story by Joseph Cranston, Bill Idelson, and Robert M Young. Cast includes Peter Breck, Alan Hale Jr, Allison Hayes, Les Hoyle, Arline Judge, Rod Lauren, Sirry Steffen and Kent Taylor. 89 minutes. Black and white. / When the second astronaut to land on the Moon, Mel Lockhart (Hoyle), takes off for his return flight, monitors on the ground lose track of his ...

Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon

Film (1967; vt Those Fantastic Flying Fools US; vt Rocket to the Moon). Jules Verne Films, Ltd, Warner-Pathé UK, American International Pictures US. Produced by Harry Alan Towers. Directed by Don Sharp. Written by Dave Freeman from an original story by Towers (credited as Peter Welbeck), very loosely based on De la terre a lune (1865) and Autour de la lune (1870) by Jules Verne. Cast includes Jimmy Clitheroe, Gert Frobe, Burl Ives, Lionel Jeffries and Terry-Thomas. 114 minutes, cut to 95 ...

Reeth, Allan

Pseudonym of UK author G H Davis (?   -?   ); as there is no further information on Davis, this name may also be pseudonymous, and Davis may well be female. The only novel Davis published as by Reeth is a feminist Utopia, Legions of the Dawn (1908), in which British and American women establish a matriarchal society in Africa (see Feminism; Women in SF). Women form the government and the army, and are engaged in regular wars to put down native rebellions (see ...

Scott, G Firth

(circa 1862-1935) Scottish journalist and author, in Australia from the 1880s until sometime before World War One, then in England. Most of his fiction is nonfantastic, though he remains best-known for The Last Lemurian: A Westralian Romance (Christmas 1896 The Golden Penny Magazine as "Tor Ymmot, Queen of Lemuria"; exp 1898), a Lost Race tale whose explorer protagonist discovers the Underground remains of Lemuria (see Theosophy) in the heart of the Australian outback. The land is inhabited by ...

Untermeyer, Louis

(1885-1977) US author, poet, critic and prolific anthologist. He is of genre interest for his Parody volume Heavens (coll 1922), whose framing device is an Afterlife fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] in which the unnamed protagonist is offered a choice of 976 heavens including a number of "Literary Realms" themed for particular authors. Of the five actually depicted, "The Heaven of Queer Stars" spoofs G K Chesterton, whose Father Brown-like spokesman scores endless ...

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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