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Doohan, James

(1920-2005) Canadian actor, best known for playing Scotty, the irascible but lovable Scottish Flight Engineer for the Starship Enterprise in various Star Trek Television series and films; another sf series role was Commander Carnarvin in the first season of Jason of Star Command (1978-1980). He is listed as co-author with S M ...

Siodmak, Curt

(1902-2000) German author and film director based in Hollywood, whose first name was originally Kurt but was changed to Curt when he left Germany. He began to publish adult stories in Germany in 1924, and continued to write until his death, with a career spanning seventy-six years, one of the longest in sf (see Longevity in Writers). He sold several early sf stories which have yet to be translated, including "Welle Mensch" ...

Tempest, John

Pseudonym of US author Julian Spillsbury (?   -    ) for Vision of the Hunter (1989), a Young Adult Prehistoric SF tale set in Northern Europe; the young culture-hero protagonist is responsible for the Invention of Agriculture. [JC]

Ayckbourn, Alan

(1939-    ) UK playwright, active from 1959 with at least eighty-five plays produced; much of his work verges into Fantastika, some of which is of strong specific sf interest, including a triad of dramas which might almost (but not quite) be thought of as a loose series devoted to Androids in distressed English domestic environments. Henceforward (performed 1987; 1988) is set in an oppressive ...

Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell

Japanese film (1968); original title Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro; vt Goke, the Vampire; vt Bodysnatcher from Hell; vt Body-Snatcher Goke. Shochiku. Directed by Hajime Sato. Written by Kyuzo Kobayashi and Susumu Takaku. Cast includes Kathy Horan, Nobuo Kaneko, Kazuo Kato, Eizo Kitamura, Hideo Ko, Yuko Kusunoki, Keiichi Noda, Tomomi Sato, Masaya Takahashi and Teruo Yoshida. 84 minutes. Colour. / On a Japanese airliner the politician Mr ...

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. ...

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