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Scott, Alan

(1947-    ) UK author whose sf novel, Project Dracula (1971; vt The Anthrax Mutation 1976), features an explosion in a Near Future UK research facility in a Space Station, which indirectly releases 1500 experimental bats infected with anthrax. A Pandemic is threatened (see Disaster). [JC/DRL]

Android [film]

Film (1982). New World. Directed by Aaron Lipstadt. Written by James Reigle and Opper, based on a story by Will Reigle. Cast includes Crofton Hardester, Brie Howard, Klaus Kinski, Don Opper and Norbert Weisser. 80 minutes. Colour. / The co-scriptwriter, Don Opper, plays Max, the innocent Android (part flesh, part metal) who does imitations of James Stewart and works for mad Dr Daniel (Kinski) in a space laboratory, soon invaded by three criminals. He experiences Sex ("Max, you're a doll!"), ...

Hewson, David

(1953-    ) UK journalist and author, most of whose novels are detective thrillers, and whose Solstice (1998) anticipates global Disaster when the Millennium arrives, including a spasm of sunspots, and the use of armed satellites in near orbit. Native Rites (2000) is horror. [JC]

Wetanson, Burt

Working name of US screenwriter and author Burton R Wetanson (1934-    ), who collaborated with Thomas Hoobler (who see for details) on the Hunters sequence comprising The Hunters (1978) and The Treasure Hunters (1983). [JC]

Fiend Without a Face

Film (1957). Amalgamated/MGM. Directed by Arthur Crabtree. Written by Herbert J Leder, based on "The Thought-Monster" (March 1930 Weird Tales) by Amelia Reynolds Long. Cast includes Terence Kilburn, Peter Madden, Kim Parker, Kynaston Reeves and Marshall Thompson. 74 minutes. Black and white. / This is one of the two sf/Horror films made by Amalgamated in the UK (the other was First Man Into Space [1958], also starring Marshall Thompson) but set in North America. Fiend without a Face is much ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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