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Conway, Troy

A House Name of the New York-based Paperback Library, whose chief though minor sf relevance is its use for the Coxeman soft-porn thrillers, mostly by Michael Avallone; these include some sf. Gardner F Fox also wrote two Coxeman books [see Checklist below]. Charles E Fritch may also have written one or more novels as Conway, but this is not certain. [DRL]

Book of Eli, The

Film (2010). Alcon Entertainment presents a Silver Pictures production. Directed by Albert and Allen Hughes. Written by Gary Whitta. Cast includes Jennifer Beals, Mila Kunis, Gary Oldman, Ray Stevenson and Denzel Washington. 117 minutes. Colour. / Stylishly shot, hammily played Post-Holocaust western centred on an enigmatic loner (Washington) carrying the last King James Bible on a coast-to-coast mission obstructed by a local warlord (Oldman), who wants the Bible for himself as an ...

Ryan, Alan

(1943-2011) US author, principally of Horror, and anthology editor who began to publish work of genre interest with "Dragon Story" in Chrysalis 2 (anth 1978) edited by Roy Torgeson. His anthologies include the Religion-themed Perpetual Light (anth 1982), Night Visions 1 (anth 1984) – inaugurating the Night Visions sequence continued by other editors including Charles L Grant and George R R Martin – and the Vampire-themed Vampires (anth 1987; vt The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories ...

Manvell, Roger

(1909-1987) UK author, mostly on aspects of World War Two and on the cinema – including The Animated Film: With Pictures Taken from the Film "Animal Farm" by Halas & Batchelor (1954 chap) (see George Orwell), a study of the first feature-length animated film to be made in the UK. His sf novel, The Dreamers (1958), is a tale of revenge via a dream transmitted to the intended victim by African tribesmen. A borderline-sf explanation involved ESP is given as an alternative to the obvious ...

Strange World of Planet X, The

1. UK tv serial (1956). ATV. Produced by Arthur Lane. Directed by Quentin Lawrence. Teleplay René Ray. Cast includes Helen Cherry, Maudie Edwards, David Garth and William Lucas. Seven 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / Scientists discover a formula giving access to the fourth Dimension and, with others, are thereby transported to the abstractly arid Planet X. Ray novelized her own screenplay as The Strange World of Planet X (1957). / 2. UK film (1958; vt The Cosmic Monster). ...

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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